At the start of the very central Castiglione, there are two historic buildings owned by the Pepoli family, who made the news with the ascent to power of Taddeo in 1334 (coinciding with the fall of card. Bertrand du Pouget). His rule coincided with a period of economic prosperity and peace, even though his heirs gave up the city to the Milan Viscounts for 200,000 golden florins. In the 15th century, the Pepolis allied with the new rulers of the city, the Bentivoglios, and covered significant roles.
The Pepoli Vecchio building comprises numbers 6 to 10 and features various sections built in different eras. The restoration supervised by A. Rubbiani reinstated its Medieval layout.
Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande
When Count Odoardo Pepoli was appointed as Senator in 1653, he started building a new family residence right in front of the Medieval palace. It was probably designed by G. B. Albertoni, while the façade overlooking via Clavature was completed in 1709 by Antonio Torri. All decorations had the purpose of celebrating the triumph of the family and were created by the main protagonists of the Bologna decorating world during the second half of the 17th century. On the right hand-side of the inner courtyard, there is a square-shaped grand staircase adorned with stucco oval frames depicting historic family episodes created by D. Maria Canuti (1665). In the main hall, Canuti frescoed the ceiling with the ‘Apoteosi di Ercole nell’Olimpo’, with paintings by D. Santi also knows as il Mengazzino in the background. The apartment is made up of other halls decorated with prestigious paintings: in the Eighties, brothers Giuseppe and Antonio Rolli depicted the ‘Allegoria di Felsina’ while, towards the end of the century, Giuseppe Maria Crespi painted the ‘Trionfo di Ercole (le Stagioni)' and ‘L’Olimpo’ in the next two rooms commissioned by Count Ercole. Finally, Donato Creti was the author of a view depicting ‘Alessandro che taglia il nodo ordiano’ commissioned by Count Alessandro. Nowadays, this magnificent apartment displays a selection of the Zambeccari paintings with works from eminent representatives of the Emilian painting world (Ludovico Carracci, il Guercino, Albani, Crespi...).