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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: 23/08/2016, 17:13

The palace, designed in the mid 16th century probably by Pellegrino Tibaldi with the contribution of Bartolomeo Triachini, who is attributed in particular the inner courtyard, 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 Marsigli. 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

Musei Universitari

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; today it houses the Museo della Specola (Museum of Astronomical Observatory)

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.

full price € 5, reduction € 3 (students, Bologna University  employees, disabled people, over 65); school groups € 1; free for Bologna University students, children up to 6 years and for tour leaders, teachers (2 per class), escorts of disabled people presenting necessity, journalists with card, tour guides with license, ICOM members, Musei Metropolitani Card owners.


Museo della Specola (Museum of Astronomical Observatory) admission: full €5 with guided tour included; free for children up to 6, ICOM members, journalists with card, Musei Metropolitani Card owners.

15 September - 15 June: Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.30am - 5.30pm. Closed: Mondays.
16 June - 14 September: Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 2pm. Closed: Monday.

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