The Villa is located in the Camaldoli estate purchased by Annibale Marescotti in 1616. A few years later, in 1690, after Raniero's death, the noble building and its gardens became the property of the Aldrovandi family. Despite slight renovations on the building to make it suitable for an important senatorial family, the villa kept untouched its single-floor structure with open gallery until 1761, when works were initiated in preparation for the wedding of Gianfrancesco Aldrovandi Marescotti with Lucrezia Fontanelli. On September 24th, 1763 the small theatre with two tiers of open galleries supported by stucco caryatids and telamones by Petronio Tadolini, with busts by F. Balugani and paintings by Basoli was inaugurated. In 1765 the second storey was added to the villa. The final project was made by Francesco Tadolini who from the first half of 1770 to 1772, inspired by Neo-classical models, completed the new layout of the villa with the central body with a six-column porch, tympanum and partially elliptic wings with porch. This is the transposition in a Bolognese setting of a Venetian villa with barchesse clearly in Palladian style. In the late 18th century the villa became the property of Marquis Mazzacorati. Now the villa houses the Historical Museum of Toy Soldiers "Mario Massacesi".
Teatrino 1763 - open from September to June: for information on days and hours please call +39 051 6235780 or 051 444134 from 10am to 12pm or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Museo Storico del Soldatino: from Monday to Saturday 8,30 am - 12,30 pm; Sunday 10,30 am - 12,00 pm. Closing days: midweek holidays. Visits by appointments can be arranged for groups of max 10 people also in other hours.
8 December 2017: closed
24, 25, 26 + 31 December 2017 closed
1 January 2018 closed
6, 7 January 2018: 10.30am - 12pm
We always suggest calling for confirmation tel. +39 348 4718138.
Promenade a Bologna - Special Christmas & New Year