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D'Accursio or Municipal Palace

Piazza Maggiore, 6 - 40121 Bologna (BO)

Phone + 39 051 203040

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 04/02/2020, 10:22

The D’Accursio or Municipal Palace located in the centre of Bologna in Piazza Maggiore is one of the most important in Bologna and has been the seat of the city's Municipal Authority since 1336.

It is made up of a series of buildings that, down the years, have been added on to an older nucleus acquired by the Municipality towards the end of the 1200s and which also included the home of Law Professor Accursio, which it is named after. Towards the mid-15th century, the palace was enriched with a clock in the d’Accursio tower and with a carousel with wooden figurines (Madonna with Child and Wise Men) that were removed in 1796. In Piazza Nettuno, there is the access to Sala Borsa, home to the Civic Multimedia Library since 2001.

A succession of loggia-halls and chapels can be visited inside the complex by climbing the 16th-century cordonata staircase attributed to Bramante and originally designed for the triumphal descent on horseback of the representatives of the city government: Sala d’Ercole, Sala del Consiglio Comunale, Sala Farnese, Cappella Farnese, Sala Rossa and Sala Urbana. The top floor of the palace is now home to the Municipal Art Collections (Collezioni Comunali d’Arte). 

L'amor Patrio e il Valore Militare

L'amor Patrio e il Valore Militare

L'amor Patrio e il Valore Militare (The Love of one's Homeland and the Military Value)

Thanks to the recent restoration, the bronze work by Giuseppe Romagnoli has returned to its former glory and to its original location on the facade of Palazzo d'Accursio after 75 years. 

The bronzes "L'amor Patrio e il Valore Militare" (The Love of one's Homeland and the Military Value) have returned to their original location on the facade of Palazzo d'Accursio. The work by Giuseppe Romagnoli has returned to appear on Piazza Maggiore after the recent restoration commissioned by the entrepreneur Francesco Amante. 
The bronze high reliefs, which were part of the original monument dedicated to King Umberto I and damaged in 1943, were removed from the facade of the Palace in the same year, transferred to Villa delle Rose and later deposited at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Here they were noticed and admired by the Bolognese entrepreneur, who decided to start the restoration, which has returned them today to their former glory.

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.

admission is free except for Collezioni Comunali d'Arte (Museo Morandi temporarily transfered to MAMbo)

Sala Rossa - Sala d'Ercole - Sala Farnese and Cappella Palatina: visits on request, when available (ask to the guardians);

Sala del Consiglio Comunale: from Tuesday to Thursday + Saturday and Sunday 10.00am -1.00pm, Monday and Friday closed;

Collezioni Comunali D'Arte, Appartamenti del Cardinale Legato: see information on museums.

Ex Sala Borsa: Entrance from Piazza Nettuno:  Monday from 2,30pm to 8pm; from Tuesday to Friday: 10am - 8pm (last admission at 7,45 pm), Saturday 10am - 7pm (last admission at 6,45 pm). Closing days: Mondays morning and holidays. Details (in Italian)

Archaeological excavations under Piazza Coperta are open to the public on Monday from 3pm to 6,30pm; from Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 1,30pm and 3pm - 6,30pm. Closing days: Mondays morning and holidays (they can always be seen from the glass floor in the Covered Square). 

Palazzo D'Accursio