The palace was built for Bartolomeo Ghisilardi and is a typical example of a 15th-century's noble house of Bologna. The front features a graceful arcade with seven arches resting on capitals with Gothic-like pointed leaves, on top of which, two rows of windows stylistically attributed to Antonio Morandi, called il Terribilia, were added in the 16th century. In terms of proportions, the Medieval technique of ‘triangulation’ was applied still in use at the time in local buildings, even though Renaissance style was slowly taking hold. Around the mid-16th century, the palace was purchased by the Fava family, and it had already been finished in 1584 when the Carracci decorated the famous hall in the piano nobile of the nearby Fava palace with the frieze representing Jason's myth. In the palace basement archaeological finds from the roman period were unearthed (including a road marble pavement), and a portion of the selenite city walls from the Medieval town is still visible today. From the inner courtyard the 13th-century tower of Conoscenti can be seen. At present, the palace houses the Museo Civico Medievale (Medieval Museum).
full € 5.00, reduction € 3.00 (visitors over 65, visitors from 18 to 25, groups of min. 10 people, Comune di Bologna Family Card and YoungERcard holders, special agreements)
Free admission: first Sunday of each month, young people up to 18, university students with membership card, classes of secondary schools, 2 leaders for each school group, 1 leader for each group of 10 people, 1 adult with a child who attends workshops planned by the museum, tourist guides with badge, journalists with badge, disabled people and their helpers, Icom members, special agreements, people as indicated in clause 4, paragraph 3, letter a, b, d, e, f, g, h, i – Decree n. 507 dating 11/12/1997 and further modifications (also students and teachers of Conservatory and other schools as specified in the letter h of the decree), Musei Metropolitani Card owners, Bologna Welcome Card owners.