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Voltone del Podestà

Piazza Maggiore, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Reference maps: D - 4

Date of last update: 26/05/2016, 16:26

Vault under the Palazzo del Podestà. It originally housed the city market and the benches of the notaries; later on, blasphemers were set on the pillory and hangings were performed under its arches.
A few centuries later, the vault acquired a religious significance when it was decorated with the terracotta statues of the saints protecting the city of Bologna: San Petronio, San Francesco, San Domenico and San Procolo.
Under the Voltone del Podestà there is an extraordinary acoustical effect probably due to the curved shape of the vault: you and a friend of yours can stand in opposite corners under the arches, face the corner and speak or even whisper and hear each other loud and clearly.

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

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 11/11bis-12 direction city center.