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Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati

Via Toscana, 19 - 40141 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 266836 - 348 4949485

Reference maps: N-11

Date of last update: 22/09/2016, 14:22

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 - Free guided visits in Italian language every Thursday at 3,30 pm until the end of May.

During summer by request.
Closed: August. Info:  +39 051 6235780 -  Monday-Friday 10am-12pm; +39 051 444134 - Tuesday-Thursday 10am-12pm or send an email to: culturarte.700@gmail.com

Museo Storico del Soldatino: from Monday to Saturday 8,30 am - 12,30 pm; Sunday 10,30 am - 12,30 pm. Closing days: midweek holidays.  We always suggest calling for confirmation tel. +39 348 4949485 / 348 4718138.