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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: 22/06/2017, 10:15

The palace, renovated in the mid 16th century probably by Pellegrino Tibaldi, became the new seat of the National University, after the reform of Napoleon's period (1803). The academic vocation of the building was already announced at the onset of the previous century by the opening in its premises of the Institute of Sciences founded by Luigi Ferdinando Marsili. In the 19th and 20th centuries the original structure was adjoined with the 15th-century Cà Grande dei Malvezzi and the Library designed by Carlo Francesco Dotti and inaugurated in 1756.

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 di Palazzo Poggi
full price € 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, under 18, students of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna with badge, 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.
Reservation required for groups over 10 people visiting the museum independently

MeuS - Museo Europeo degli Studenti
free admission
Reservation required for groups over 10 people visiting the museum independently

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
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00am - 6.00pm. Closed: non-festive Mondays, January 1st, third week of August, December 24th and 25th

MeuS - Museo Europeo degli Studenti
Wednesday to Friday: 10am - 1pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 12,30pm - 6pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
From 13 June to 17 September 2017: from Wednesday to Friday: 10am - 1pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 3pm - 6pm. Closed in August 2017

Museo della Specola (Museum of Astronomical Observatory): guided visits only upon reservation for maximum 15 people at a time; it is necessary to check always the availability of the spaces.  Hours and booking