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Palazzo Fava Ghisilieri (Palazzo Fava. Palazzo delle Esposizioni)

last update date: 13/04/2015, 14:50

Palazzo Fava is the third Palace having this name in Via Manzoni. It was built during the Middle Ages thanks to the Fava family who came into its possession in 1546. The architectural building’s paternity is uncertain, but may be ascribed  to Francesco Morandi,  also known as Terribilia. In 1584 Filippo Fava,  who belonged to one of the most important families of Bologna, commissioned  Ludovico, Agostino and Annibale Carracci to paint several rooms on the main floor.  They gave birth to the first major fresco cycle in their career, thus reaching high results in anti -academic naturalism and artistic competence.  At the piano nobile (the main floor) of the palace, fresco cycles telling the stories of Jason and Medea and Enea can be found.

In 2007 the renovation of Palazzo Fava Ghisilieri began (thanks to the Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Bologna in cooperation with  the Opificio delle Pietre Dure di Firenze and the Soprintendenza per il Patrimonio Storico Artistico e Etnoantropologico di Bologna..

The palace (now known as Palazzo Fava. Palazzo delle Esposizioni) covers an area of more than 2600 square meters and regularly hosts exhibitions.


Palazzo Fava. Palazzo delle Esposizioni is part of the cultural, artistic and museum itinerary Genus Bononiae. Musei nella Città.



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Palazzo Fava Ghisilieri (Palazzo Fava. Palazzo delle Esposizioni)

Via Manzoni, 2 - 40121 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 19936305
Map coordinates [?]: C-3

How to get here:

by bus: lines and timetables on the website

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

Entrance notes:

Unless otherwise stated in the case of exhibitions:
which allows visitors to enter:
- Palazzo Fava. Palazzo delle Esposizioni
- Palazzo Pepoli. Museo della Storia di Bologna
- San Colombano. Collezione Tagliavini

 Full price € 12,00; Reduction  € 8,00 ( over 65 and special agreements);  Reduction € 6,00 (groups - University students); Free ( teenagers up to 18 years - disabled people with helper - 1 tour leader per group - 2 tour leader per class - journalists on the register with valid card - ICOM members - International Council of Museums - Tourist Guides - Bologna Welcome Card owners. Free admission to: - Biblioteca d'Arte e di Storia di San Giorgio in Poggiale - San Michele in Bosco - Casa Saraceni (temporary exhibitions at the groundfloor) - Chiesa di Santa Cristina (on the occasion of concerts)

 The combined ticket includes an audio guide of the first palace that you are visiting


TICKET ONLY FOR PALAZZO FAVA OR FOR SAN COLOMBANO COLLEZIONE TAGLIAVINI: Full € 7; Reduction € 5,00 (over 65, special agreements, students and groups); Free same categories of the combined ticket.

 The ticket for one palace doesn't include any additional service


TICKET ONLY FOR PALAZZO PEPOLI including the exhibition "Il viaggio oltre la vita. Gli Etruschi e l'aldilà tra capolavori e realtà virtuale" (25 October 2014-19 April 2015)
Full € 10; Reduction € 7,00 (over 65, special agreements), Reduction € 5 (students and groups); Free same categories of the combined ticket.


TICKET ONLY FOR PALAZZO FAVA including the exhibition "Da Cimabue a Morandi. Felsina Pittrice"(14 February - 17 May 2015)
Full €12; reduction €9; details
With the exhibition admission ticket it is possible to buy a special combined ticket at the cost of € 4 only, which allows to visit Palazzo Pepoli Museo della Storia di Bologna and San Colombano Collezione Tagliavini too.


On the occasion of  exhibit “Da Cimabue a Morandi. Felsina Pittrice”, a special card of € 3.00 is available at  the ticket offices of  Palazzo Fava and of some museums of Istituzione Bologna Musei. This card will allow the entrance with the reduced ticket both at the exhibition and at the permanent collections and temporary exhibits at Museo Civico Medievale, Collezioni Comunali d'Arte, MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Museo Morandi, Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica and  Museo Davia Bargellini.

Opening time:

Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 am - 7.00 pm. Closed on Monday, 25th December, 1st January. 


On the occasion of the exhibition "Da Cimabue a Morandi. Felsina Pittrice":
Monday 12pm-7pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 9am-7pm; Friday and Saturday 9am-8pm.

Special openings:
Saturday, April 25: 9am - 8pm.
Friday, May 1: 9am - 8pm.