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Palazzo Poggi

Via Zamboni, 33 - 40126 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 2099610; +39 051 2099398

Reference maps: C-5

Date of last update: 12/12/2017, 12:12

The Palazzo was renovated in the mid 16th century, probably by Pellegrino Tibaldi. It later became the new seat of the National University, after the Napoleonic reform of 1803. The building’s academic vocation had been presaged at the beginning of the previous century when Luigi Ferdinando Marsili founded the Institute of Sciences there. In the 19th and 20th centuries the original building was expanded to include the 15th-century Cà Grande dei Malvezzi and the Library designed and founded by Carlo Francesco Dotti in 1756.
Eight rooms are decorated with friezes on the main floor, while the ceilings were decorated by by Pellegrino Tibaldi on the ground floor. Many ceilings with grotesque figures and frescoes on the fireplace make this palace one of the most fascinating private family decorative compounds in northern Italy. In the late 1740's decorations by Nicolò dell'Abate with secular themes were added (Camilla’s apartments, Landscapes, Concerts, harvesting Putti). Later – on the main floor - by a religious decoration from the Old Testament, was added by will of Giovanni Poggi who in 1551 was elected cardinal. On the ground floor the rooms of the Academy of Sciences were decorated by Pellegrino Tibaldi with frescoes that tell the story of Ulysses. The Mannerist painter created daring perspective views and figures in the style of Michelangelo to exalt the power of human intellect.
Some considerations about the Palazzo Poggi complex should be noted: the lecture hall where Giosuè Carducci, who held the chair of Italian literature from 1860 onward, lectured his students in the classroom now called Aula Carducci. The Specola tower, designed in 1712 by G. A. Torri and later completed by C. F. Dotti, was originally used for astronomical observations by the Institute of Sciences.
The Museo di Palazzo Poggi, the MEUS - Museo Europeo degli Studenti and the Museo della Specola are housed inside Palazzo Poggi.

Eight rooms decorated with friezes on the main floor, the ceilings by Pellegrino Tibaldi on the ground floor and many ceilings with grotesque and frescoes on the fireplace make this palace one of the most fascinating private family decorative compounds in northern Italy. In the late 1740's decorations by Nicolò dell'Abate with secular themes were added

(Rooms of Camilla, Landscapes, Concerts, harvesting Putti), followed - still in the main floor - by a religious decoration from the Old Testament, consistently with the personality of Giovanni Poggi who in 1551 was elected cardinal. On the ground floor the rooms of the Academy of Sciences are decorated with frescoes by Pellegrino Tibaldi with stories of Ulysses where the Mannerist painter created daring perspective views and figures in Michelangelo's style to exalt faculties of human intellect.

Inside the compound of Poggi Palace the following should be noted: Aula Carducci the lecture hall where Giosuè Carducci, who held the chair of Italian literature from 1860 onward, lectured his students. Specola, designed in 1712 by G. A. Torri and later completed by C. F. Dotti, was originally used for astronomical observations by the Institute of Sciences.

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 8/8bis-9 and 10 direction city center.

Museo della Specola (Museum of Astronomical Observatory)

Admission only with guided tour by reservation for up to 15 people at a time.

full € 5; reduction € 3 (young people up to 26, over 65, teachers on a private visit with ministerial badge or identity card); free: Unibo students, Unibo employees, children up to 6 years, disabled people and their helpers,  teachers (2 per class),  journalists with card, tour guides with license, ICOM cards,Musei Metropolitani Card owners.

Museo di Palazzo Poggi 

Full admission €5, reduced €3 (youth aged 18 to 26, seniors over 65, teachers on a private visit with ministerial badge or identity card);  

free: Unibo students, Unibo employees, under 18, students of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna with badge, children up to age 6, the disabled and their helpers,  teachers (2 per class),  journalists with card, tour guides with license, ICOM cards, Musei Metropolitani Card owners. 

Reservation required for groups of over 10 people  

MeuS - Museo Europeo degli Studenti 

free admission 

Reservation required for groups of over 10  

Museo della Specola (Museum of Astronomical Observatory) 

Visits require a guide and must be reserved ahead, max 15 people at a time. 

Full admission €5, reduced €3 (youth aged 18 to 26, seniors over 65, teachers on a private visit with ministerial badge or identity card);  

free: Unibo students, Unibo employees, under 18, students of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna with badge, children up to age 6, the disabled and their helpers,  teachers (2 per class),  journalists with card, tour guides with license, ICOM cards, Musei Metropolitani Card owners. 

Musei Metropolitani Card

Museo di Palazzo Poggi

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am – 6pm. Closed: non-holiday Mondays, January 1st, third week of August, December 24th and 25th.  8 December 2017 + 26 December 2017 + 6 January 2018: 10am - 6pm. 

MeuS - Museo Europeo degli Studenti
Wednesday to Friday: 10am - 1pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 12:30pm - 6pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.  8 December 2017 + 26 December 2017 + 6 January 2018: 12,30pm - 6pm. 24-25 December 2017 + 1 January 2018: closed.

Museo della Specola(Museum of Astronomical Observatory): guided visits only upon reservation for maximum 15 persons at a time; please check with the Museum for availability. Hours and booking