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Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande

Via Castiglione, 7 - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 229858

Reference maps: D-4


Date of last update: 12/07/2018, 10:12

At the beginning of via Castiglione, in the very heart of the old town, two historical palaces of the Pepoli family face each other on either side of the cobblestone. This noble family rose to fame when Taddeo took power in 1334 (contemporary to the fall of Cardinal Bertrando del Poggetto). The Pepoli rule coincided with a period of peace and economic prosperity, although the heir subsequently ceded the town to the Viscount of Milan for 200,000 gold florins. In the 15th century the Pepoli established an alliance with the new rulers of the town, the Bentivoglio family, and were afforded positions of trust in their court.
The palazzo Pepoli Vecchio spans from number 6 to 10 of the street, comprising several architectural blocks built in different periods. The restoration carried out by A. Rubbiani highlighted its Medieval layout.

Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande
When count Odoardo Pepoli was granted the title of senator in 1653, he began building a new family residence across the street from the family’s medieval palace. The project is attributed to G. B. Albertoni, while the façade opening onto via Clavature was completed in 1709 by Antonio Torri. A unity of design characterises the decoration and the design emphasises the triumph of the noble house. Major Bolognese artists of the second half of the 17th century were called in for the task. On the right side of the inner courtyard a grand quadrangular staircase sweeps upward , decorated with oval stucco frames depicting historical episodes of the Pepoli family by D. Maria Canuti (1665). On the ceiling of the main hall Canuti painted the fresco 'Apotheosis of Hercules on the Olympus' on the background of painted quadrature by D. Santi called Mengazzino. The apartment is composed of other rooms decorated with significant paintings: The brothers Giuseppe and Antonio Rolli painted the 'Allegory of Felsina' in the 1680s; while at the closing of the century Giuseppe Maria Crespi in his typical anti-conventional style painted the Triumph of Hercules (the Seasons) e Olympus in the two following rooms for Count Ercole Bentivoglio. Donato Creti painted the last fresco, a daring view depicting "Alexander severing the Gordian knot" on commission from Count Alessandro Bentivoglio. Today a selection of the Zambeccari picture collection is exhibited in this splendid apartment, with canvasses by leading artists of the Emilian painting style (Ludovico Carracci, il Guercino, Albani, Crespi..).

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


the ticket can be purchased in one of the two museums and used in the other one also on another day.


full € 6.00; reduction € 3.00 between 18 and 25 years old (valid only for members of European Community), teachers with a full time contract; free admission less than 18 years old (valid only for members of European Community); Musei Metropolitani Card owners (from 1 July 2017); teachers and students members of University: Architecture, Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Letters and Philosophy (Archeology, History of Art), Academy of Fine Arts; touristic guides, during their activities; touristic interpreters, during their activities; journalists, during their activities; members of Mibac (Ministry of Cultural Heritage); members of I.C.O.M. (International Council of Museums); students groups from public and private schools, with their teachers; disabled people and their relative or companion; operators of voluntary associations (spread and promotion about cultural heritage); free admission for everybody the first Sunday of each month. Every 8 March free admission for women on the occasion of the International Women's Day.

To have your free or reduced ticket please present the document certifying the actual membership of the specific category at the entrance.

(from September to June) from Tuesday to Sunday: 8,30am - 7,30pm. Closed on Monday except for holiday - in this case the museum will be closed on Tuesday

(July and August) Tuesday + Wednesday 1,45pm - 7,30pm; from Thursday to Sunday 8,30am - 2pm. Closed on Monday except for holiday - in this case the museum will be closed on Tuesday

  • 15 August 2018: 8,30am - 2pm

*the ticket office closes half an hour before