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Villa Spada

Via di Casaglia 3 - 40135 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 6145512

Reference maps: M-9

Date of last update: 27/09/2017, 12:57

The villa is located in the old estate of the marquis Zambeccari and replaced the building called Casino Zambeccari already mentioned by sources dating back to 1774. The exact date of today's building in Neo-classical style, much wider and completely different from the previous one, is unknown. In view of the fact that the building seems to be attributable to Giovanni Batista Martinetti, living in Bologna starting from 1774, it could probably be dated back to the time when the estate was owned by Iacopo Zambeccari who died in 1795. The villa remained in the property of the Zambeccari until 1811, and then passed onto the Marescotti and Levi. On the south façade of the villa the coat-of-arm of the Spada who bought the villa in 1820 is still visible. After becoming the property of tenor Antonio Poggi, in May 1849 the villa became the Austrian headquarters where in the Medieval tower built by Manini in the villa gardens, according to tradition, Ugo Bassi and Giovanni Livraghi were kept prisoners, after their capture in Comacchio after the fall of the Roman Republic, and executed by a firing squad near the villa. Around 1920 the villa, after being occupied by a Turkish prince in the second half of the 19th century, went to the Pisa family, who, together with several renovations, opened today's main entrance to the park on to via Saragozza. In the 1960's the villa was purchased by the Municipality of Bologna and opened to the public in the 70's. Since 1990 the villa has housed the Textile and Tapestry Museum “Vittorio Zironi”.

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

by car:  ring road exit n° 5 Lame, follow via Marco Polo and then via Zanardi until Porta Lame; turn right and keep going until Porta Saragozza, then turn right and take via Saragozza until the crossroad with via di Casaglia

Museo del Tessuto e della Tappezzeria “Vittorio Zironi”

Full fee € 5 | Reduced fee € 3
Free admission for Card Musei Metropolitani Bologna holders and on the first Sunday of every month

Museo del Tessuto e della Tappezzeria “Vittorio Zironi” temporarily closed.

The museum is going to open on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 5pm


Thursday: 9 am > 2 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am > 6.30 pm
closed: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, May 1st, and Holidays during the week