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Historical buildings and streets

D'Accursio or Municipal Palace

The Town Hall was originally intended to keep the public reserves, "some grain-growing and municipal offices”. In 1336 it became the residence of the Elders, the highest judiciary of the City Government. It is currently the seat of city government.

address: Piazza Maggiore, 6 - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 ph: + 39 051 203040 website: opening hours: 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).  entrance:

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

Palazzo Re Enzo

Palazzo Re Enzo was built between 1244 a 1246 (when the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo was also built as an extension of the Municipal buildings). The palace was also known as the 'new palace' to differentiate it from Palazzo del Podestà. Just three years later the palace became the 'residence' of the King taken prisoner in the battle of Fossalta: Re Enzo from Sardinia, son of Federico II.

address: Piazza del Nettuno, 1/c - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 opening hours: Admission only during exhibitions

Palazzo del Podestà

This was the first seat of the town government, represented by the Podestà and his judges and officers.

address: Piazza Maggiore, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 opening hours: Admission only during exhibitions

Palazzo dei Notai

The ancient seat of the guild of Notaries as indicated by the three ink pots and quills depicted in the coat-of-arm on the façade.

address: Via Pignattari, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 opening hours: Admission only during special events

Palazzo dei Banchi

Palazzo dei Banchi was the last palace to be built in Piazza Maggiore. It was designed to hide the narrow streets of the market behind it.

address: Via dell'Archiginnasio - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 opening hours: It is not possible to visit the building inside.


The construction of the Palace was commissioned by Cardinal Borromeo between 1562 and 1563 and designed by architect Antonio Morandi called Terribilia; it was to house the lecture halls for the University (Law and Arts). Until 1803 it was the seat of the University and since 1838 it is the location of the Civic Library.

address: Piazza Galvani, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 ph: +39 051 276811 fax: +39 051 261160 email: website: opening hours: Palace (courtyard and open gallery) Monday to Friday 9 am - 7 pm Saturday 10 am - 7 pm Sunday and holidays 10 am - 2 pm Access to the library: see opening hours Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Hall (if not occupied by events) Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm Saturday 10 am - 7 pm Sunday and holidays 10 am - 2 pm 2019 HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES Sunday 8 December from 10am to 6pm 25 December CLOSED Thursday 26 December from 10am to 6pm Wednesday 1 January from 2pm to 6pm Monday 6 January from 10am to 6pm entrance:

Admission ticket to Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater Hall € 3
(if not occupied by events)

Free admission:

  • Tourist guides with badge
  • Journalist with badge
  • 1 person for each group of 10 people
  • Classes of secondary schools
  • 2 people for each school group
  • Young people up to 18 years old
  • Disabled people and their helpers
  • Icom members with valid card
  • Card Cultura owners

Palazzo della Mercanzia

Seat of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Crafts, Palazzo della Mercanzia has governed trading and business activities of Bologna since the late 14th century.

address: Piazza Della Mercanzia, 4 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 ph: +39 051 6093111 fax: +39 051 6093451 website: opening hours: possible only in the hall / groups only on request

Palazzo del Monte di Pietà - Palace of the Pawnshop

At first, the XV century building used to house  the canons of the nearby Cattedrale di San Pietro. In the XVI century, the pawnshop of St. Peter was there established (the Pawnshop was a non-profit financial institution loaning limited amounts of money in exchange for pledges).

address: Via Indipendenza, 11 - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3

Palazzo Bocchi

This building owned by Achille Bocchi (1488 – 1562) of Bologna, a humanist writer, was opened in 1546 after a project by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola and soon became the seat of his Hermatena Academy.

address: Via Goito, 16 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4

Palazzo Dal Monte Gaudenzi

Built in 1529 by Andrea da Formigine for Panfilio Dal Monte, the building boasts a sophisticate Renaissance Bologna style with its elegant loggia, Doric columns, porticoes, plaster decorations and works of art by Gaetano Gandolfi and Serafino Barozzi.

address: Via Galliera, 3 - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-3

Palazzo dell’Ex Seminario (ora Grand Hotel Majestic, "già Baglioni")

The building was designed by Alfonso Torreggiani (XVIIth century) by will of Pope Benedict XIVth as the seat of the Archbishop's Seminary. In 1912, the building was transformed into a hotel and it is still the most prestigious hotel in the city.

address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 8 - 40122 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-3

Palazzina Majani - Majani Little Palace

It was created in the art nouveau style by Augusto Sezanne  in the beginning of the XIXth century as seat of the café and chocolate shop of the Majani factory.

address: Via dell'Indipendenza, 4 - 40122 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-3

Palazzo Ghisilieri

On the façade of the Palace, a plaque recalls that there stood the jurist Rolandino de’ Romanzi’s medieval houses, whose pyramidal ark is located in the nearby Piazza Malpighi.

address: Via Ugo Bassi, 14- 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3

Palazzo Ronzani

Ronzani Palace was built during the first decade of the XXth century by Gualtiero Pontoni as part of some sophisticated buildings raised between the two centuries. These buildings were designed on the basis of a city plan whose main purpose was to value the importance of the Garisendi and the Asinelli Towers as symbols of Bologna.

address: Via Francesco Rizzoli, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Casa Barilli

Casa Barilli was designed by Leonida Bertolazzi between 1906-1907 and it was one of the first “shopping centres” in Bologna. It is a four-floor palace whose decorations make reference to the Vienna Secession: short arches, tall pilasters, iron railings and several windows.

address: Via Francesco Rizzoli, 16 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali

The palace was planned by L.Repossi in the beginning of XXth century. Under the portico, there is a narrow space which, until recently, housed a store embellished by the design of Enrico De Angeli (brass, plexiglass, chroming) according to the  aesthetic researches of the fifties.

address: Via Francesco Rizzoli, 7 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Palazzo Unicredit e Galleria Acquaderni

The palace was planned by E.Collamarini in the first years of the XXth century. Contemporaneously, the Acquaderni Arcade was opened  under the palace, in the same place of the ancient church of Saint Giobbe.

address: Via Francesco Rizzoli, 34 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Casa Buratti

The most important religious building in the ghetto is Buratti House, the ancient seat of the synagogue (via dell'Inferno, 16): it was built  in the mid-1800s and it was heavily restored in 1955 after being seriously damaged by the war.

address: Via dell'Inferno, 16 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4

Regia Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna - Palazzo Carrati

The Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna was founded in 1666 by the noble Vincenzo Maria Carrati, based in his family’s palace, located at what is now Via Guerrazzi 13. “Unitate melos” has been the Academy’s motto ever since its foundation.

address: Via Guerrazzi, 13 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D/E-5 ph: +39 051-222997 Segreteria fax: +39 051-224104 email: website: opening hours: Office open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm; on Tuesday and Thursday: 3 pm - 7pm Archive and Library tel/Fax +39 051 6486261 open to the public on Monday: 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm; on Tuesday: 8.30 am - 12.30 pm. An appointment by email is requested.

Conservatorio di musica Giovan Battista Martini

The Philarmonic School was first funded in 1804 whilst in 1942 it became Conservatory of music and took up the name of Giovanni Battista Martini, leading musician and composer of the 18th century and famous all over the world.

address: Piazza Rossini, 2 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-5 ph: +39 051 221483; 051 233975 website:

Conservatorio del Baraccano

One of the most peculiar Renaissance porticoes in Bologna is that of the Conservatory of Putte del Baraccano

address: Via Santo Stefano 119 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: F-6

Palazzo Hercolani

Started in 1793 by the Bologna architect Angelo Venturoli for the line of princes of the Hercolani family, it combines the baroque taste and theatrics of the last monumental grand staircase built in Bologna with the classical forms of 16th century architectural tradition.

address: Strada Maggiore, 45 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5

Casa Saraceni

The historical residence of the noble Saraceni family is home to the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna.

address: Via Farini, 15 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D/E-4 ph: +39 051 2754070 email: website: opening hours: open to the public during exhibitions from Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 7pm. entrance:

free (temporary exhibitions at the groundfloor)

Palazzo Pallavicini

The Pallavicini Palace rises in Via San Felice 24, in the heart of old Bologna. The XV century palace, formerly owned by noble families of Bologna such as the Villa, Volta and Marsili Families, was bought  in 1557 by the Isolani Family, that conferred special dignity to the internal architecture of the palace by exploiting the skills of architects Paolo Canali and Luigi Casali

address: Via San Felice, 24 - 40122 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-2 email: website: opening hours: open for temporary exhibitions

Palazzo Belloni

Palazzo Belloni, also known as the Cantelli House, is located at 13 de' Gombruti Street on the corner of Barberia Street. The palazzo was built at the behest of Giovanni Angelo Belloni, the third son of the wealthy mercantile Belloni family from Codogno, who moved from Lombardy to Bologna inevitably changing the economic life of the city.

address: Via de' Gombruti, 13 - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-2/3

Palazzo Marescotti Brazzetti

Designed by Giovanni Beroaldo on the ruins of former buildings, it has been adorned with frescoes by Rolli, Caccioli and with the great baroque staircase by Gian Giacomo Monti. The University of Bologna supervised the restoration from 2003 to the end of 2007.

address: Via Barberia, 4 - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-3

Collegio di Spagna

This complex was founded in 1364, by Cardinal Egidio Albornoz, to host Spanish students enrolled in the famous university town.

address: Via Collegio di Spagna, 4 - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-3 ph: +39 051 330408 email: website: opening hours: visits only on request

Palazzo Albergati

Palazzo Albergati (Albergati Palace) was built by the important homonym family from Bologna. Its monumental frontage accomplished in the first decade of the 17th century dominates the Via Saragozza.

address: Via Saragozza, 28 - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-2 ph: +39 051 0301015 email: website: opening hours: Every day from 10am to 8pm on the occasion of exhibitions. (the ticket office closes an hour before)  entrance:

admission fee required on the occasion of exhibitions.

Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi

It was built in around 1500 by Andrea and Giacomo Marchesi da Formgine. An old sculpture of Hercules by Giuseppe Mazza stands in the double portico courtyard with Doric columns. Several halls contain splendid tempera paintings by Antonio Rossi and Carlo Lodi.

address: Via Zamboni, 22 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-5

Palazzo Comelli

Located in the historic village of Ca' Melati, it is a fine example of medieval, higher-echelon mountain architecture, transformed into a Palazzo by the Comelli family of notaries

address: Località Ca' Melati, 40032 - Camugnano (BO) rif map iat: C-5 ph: +39 0534 41723 email: website: entrance:

Documentation centre
INFOPOINT c/o Mulino Cati

Palace visit on request
+39 0534 41723

Palazzina della Viola

Built at the end of the 15th century by Annibale Bentivoglio as a place of delight for his family, it was frescoed in the 16th century by Aspertini, Innocenzo da Imola and Prospero Fontana. The frieze with putti that runs around the hall is attributed to Nicolò dell’Abate.

address: Via Filippo Re, 2 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: B-5

Palazzo Malvezzi De' Medici

The palace, seat of the Metropolitan City of Bologna, called "Palace of the dark arcade" derives its name from the typical dimness of its arcades.

address: Via Zamboni, 13 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-5 ph: +39 051 659 8715 - 051 659 8861 fax: +39 051 659 8793 email: website: opening hours: visits only during special events

Palazzo Magnani Salem

Superb palace built in the old Strà (street) S. Donato, thus attesting the social rise of the Magnani family present in Bologna since the 13th century.

address: Via Zamboni, 20 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-5 ph: +39 051 2962503 (Lun/Mon - Ven/Fri: 9 - 17,30) email: website: opening hours: The Quadreria can be visited every Wednesday and on the second Saturday of each month by reservation within 1pm on the day before the visit. To book a visit, please send an email to or call +39 051.2962504 from 9am to 5,30pm from Monday to Friday. Any cancellations should be communicated by mail at or by calling +39 051.2962504 before 5pm on the day before the visit. entrance:


Palazzo Isolani (former Bolognini)

Palazzo Isolani was built between 1451-55 by Pagno di Lapo Portigiani da Fiesole in a style marking the transition between Gothic and Tuscan Renaissance.

address: Via Santo Stefano, 18 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 opening hours: visits only during special events

Casa Sforno

This building was home, private oratory and bank of the Jewish Sforno family coming from Barcelona that moved to Bologna in the 15th century.

address: Piazza Santo Stefano, 15 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5

Palazzo Isolani

Overlooking Santo Stefano Square (also known as the Sqaure of the Seven Churches), Palazzo Isolani offers since centuries its porches to one of the most beautiful walks around Bologna.

address: Corte Isolani, 5 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5 ph: +39 051 230579 email: website: opening hours: Visitable for groups by appointment, location for private events and business

Aula Magna di Santa Lucia

The church's origins date to the 5th century. After Napoleon's suppression, it was deconsecrated and used for other purposes. It was restored in 1998 and turned into a lecture hall of the University. The structure of refined elegance overlooks the picturesque parvis.

address: Via Castiglione, 36 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-4

Palazzo di Residenza della Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna

The Cassa di Risparmio of Bologna commissioned the building of its prestigious headquarters to one of the protagonists of Italian Eclecticism, Giuseppe Mengoni. In less than five years the construction of the imposing building covered by variegated marble with iron and cast iron trimming was terminated.

address: Via Farini, 22 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-4 ph: +39 051 6560211 website: opening hours: visits only during special events  

Palazzo delle Poste

Palazzo delle Poste (post office palace) was designed in 1903 by the engineer Emilio Saffi.

address: Piazza Minghetti 4 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 ph: +39 051 2756749 (Ufficio postale Bologna Centro) opening hours: It is possible to visit the buiding inside when the post office is open.

Palazzo Orsi

Once owned by the noble Orsi family, the palace (XVI century) was bought in 1903 by Giuseppe Marconi and then inherited by his son Alfonso, Guglielmo's old brother.

address: Via San Vitale, 28 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5 opening hours: not open to the public

Palazzo Sanuti Bevilacqua Degli Ariosti

The building of this magnificent palace opening on via D'Azeglio was commissioned between 1477 and 1482 by jurist Niccolò Sanuti and his spouse Nicolosia to an architect and workers perhaps from Tuscany or Ferrara.

address: Via D'Azeglio, 31 - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D/E-3 ph: +39 051 234666 opening hours: visits only on request

Palazzo Baciocchi o di Giustizia

At present it hosts Bologna Court of Appeals

address: Piazza Tribunali, 4 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-4 ph: +39 051 201402 fax: +39 051 6449578 email: opening hours: visit on request by mail

Casa Morandi

The Istituzione Galleria D'Arte Moderna di Bologna (Institution of Modern Art Gallery of Bologna) has a new space to add to its other locations: MAMbo (Modern Art Gallery), Museo Morandi (Morandi Museum), Villa delle Rose (Gallery) and the Museum dedicated to Ustica; it’s the house where Morandi lived and worked most of his life. 

address: Via Fondazza 36 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-6 ph: +39 051 6496611 fax: +39 051 6496600 email: website: opening hours: From May 23, 2020 Open only on Saturday 3.30pm-6.30pm entrance:

The access to the museum is allowed only by advance purchase of online ticketFurther information on how to access and visit, are available on the Istituzione Bologna Musei website. 


Casa Isolani

Casa Isolani is one of the rare examples of civilian buildings from the 13th century.

address: Strada Maggiore, 19 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5 opening hours: visits: gallery "Corte Isolani" during the day

Palazzo Lupari

The Via Aemilia, the ancient road linking Rimini and Piacenza which was built in 187 BC by the consul Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, ran just underneath the current shop; a stretch of it is still visible in the basement.

address: Strada Maggiore, 11 - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4 opening hours: same opening hours as the interior design shop

Birthplace of Pier Paolo Pasolini – Via Borgonuovo, 4

In 1922 Pier Paolo Pasolini was born in Bologna, in this street, he was an Italian film director and intellectual, a symbol of the rediscovery and development of the identity of the Italian homosexual community.

address: Via Borgonuovo, 4 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5

Casa natale di Gino Cervi

A plaque at the corner between via Cartoleria and via S. Stefano commemorates the birth of Gino Cervi on 3rd May 1901.

address: Via Cartoleria, 3 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-5

Archivio di Stato

The State Archives of Bologna are the heart of the historical memory of the city. Inside the 34 km of shelves is preserved the documentation produced by the public offices of Bologna, dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.

address: Piazza Celestini, 4 - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3 ph: +39 051 223891 051 239590 email: website:

Palazzo Orlandini - Dall'Armi Marescalchi

A plaque on the façade of the building recalls that here is the house where Guglielmo Marconi was born on 25th April 1874, the first man "who spoke from one hemisphere to the other without the use of cables and wires.

address: Via IV Novembre, 7 - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3

Palazzo Lenzi - Caprara

Elegant building by Vignola school, dated 1603.

address: Piazza Galilei, 4 - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3 opening hours: Same opening hours as the clothing shop

Facoltà di Ingegneria

Designed by the rationalist architect Giuseppe Vaccaro, the new headquarter of the School of Engineers was inaugurated on October 28, 1935.

address: Viale del RIsorgimento, 2 - 40136 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: F-1

Centro Putti

The "Putti Centre for Maimed People" was established in 1941 in the premises of the archdiocesan Seminary of Villa Revedin in San Michele in Bosco.

address: Piazzale Bacchelli, 4 - 40136 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: M-10

Villa Aldini

The villa was built by Antonio Aldini, minister of Napoleon during the years 1811-16, according to a plan by Giuseppe Nadi.

address: Via dell'Osservanza, 35/a - 40136 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: M-9/10 opening hours: not accessible

Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati

The Villa is located in the Camaldoli estate purchased by Annibale Marescotti in 1616. A few years later, in 1690, after Raniero's death, the noble building and its gardens became the property of the Aldrovandi family. In the late 18th century the villa became the property of Marquis Mazzacorati. Now the villa houses the Historical Museum of Toy Soldiers "Mario Massacesi".

address: Via Toscana, 19 - 40141 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: N-11 opening hours: Teatrino 1763 - open from September to June: for information on days and hours please call +39 051 6235780 or 051 444134 from 10am to 12pm from Monday to Friday or send an email to:;  Museo Storico del Soldatino: temporarily closed from Monday to Saturday; Sunday 10,30 am - 12,00 pm. Closing days: midweek holidays. Visits by appointments can be arranged for groups of max 10 people also in other hours. We always suggest calling for confirmation tel. +39 348 4718138. entrance:


Villa delle Rose

Villa delle Rose is the space dedicated by MAMbo to temporary exhibitions and to the organisation of events in collaboration with public and private stakeholders. The villa, characterised by its evocative venue in the middle of the big park of the quarter Saragozza and by its simple and elegant architecture, was given to Comune di Bologna by the Countess Nerina Armandi Avogli in 1916.

address: Via Saragozza, 230 - 40135 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-1 ph: +39 051 436818; +39 051 6496611 website: opening hours:  open for temporary exhibitions only

Villa Spada

The villa is located in the old estate of the marquis Zambeccari and replaced the building called Casino Zambeccari already mentioned by sources dating back to 1774. Since 1990 the villa has housed the Textile and Tapestry Museum “Vittorio Zironi”

address: Via di Casaglia 3 - 40135 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: M-9 ph: +39 051 2194528 / 2193916 (biglietteria Museo Civico Medievale) website: opening hours: Museo del Tessuto e della Tappezzeria “Vittorio Zironi” Friday 9 am > 1pm Saturday and Sunday: 10 am > 6.30 pm closed: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, May 1st, and Holidays during the week Temporarily closed for extraoardinary maintenence entrance:

Museo del Tessuto e della Tappezzeria “Vittorio Zironi”

Full fee € 5 | Reduced fee € 3
Free admission for Card Cultura holders and on the first Sunday of every month

Villa Guastavillani

This Villa, located on the Monte di Barbiano, was built in 1575 by Cardinal Filippo Guastavillani. The building still preserves the impressive dimensions of the time.

address: Via degli Scalini, 18 - 40136 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: N-10

Villa Impero

Villa Impero was built in the early 19th century by Marquis Mazzacorati after a project by Francesco Tadolini as a building to be used for party and ceremonies for the extant Neo-classical Aldrovrandi villa at Camaldoli.

address: Via Berengario da Carpi 33 - 40141 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: N-11 opening hours: visits only during art exhibitions

Villa Serena

Surrounded by greenery, it is located within walking distance from the centre of Bologna opposite the stadium.

address: Via della Barca, 1 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: M-9

Villa Sampieri Talon

Parco Talon takes its name from this Villa

address: Via Panoramica - 40033 Casalecchio di Reno (BO)

Rocchetta Mattei

The castle Rocchetta Mattei (literally "small fortress Mattei") is situated in the mountan chain of the Apennines between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. It is 45 km away from Bologna, on the SS.64 (road) that links Bologna to Porretta Terme, just after the town of Riola, in the municipality of Grizzana Morandi.
It was built by the Count Cesare Mattei (1809-1896) on the remains of an ancient medieval castle that belonged to Matilde di Canossa (a.k.a. Matilda of Tuscany).

address: SP 62, Riola Ponte Grizzana Morandi (BO) ph: + 39 051 6730335 - + 39 051 6730311 email: website: opening hours: The castle is open Saturday and Sunday with guided tours from 10am to 3pm in Winter and from 9,30am to 1pm / 3pm to 5,30pm in Summer. Reservation is always requested. Info and bookings: entrance:

Full € 10; reduction € 5.

Rocchetta Mattei is part of Card Cultura of Bologna.

Villa Griffone - Museo Marconi

Main residence of the Marconi family since mid-nineteenth century. It was precisely in Villa  Griffone that Guglielmo Marconi set up his first workshop and completed his first experiments in wireless telegraphy  (1895), as reported also on a plaque on the façade of the villa.

address: Via Celestini, 1 - 40037 Pontecchio Marconi Sasso Marconi (BO) website: opening hours:
  • Mon-Fri: morning and afternoon (by appointment only)
  • Saturday – groups only: morning and afternoon (by appointment only)
  • Sunday: opens at 10.00am (booking required only for big groups)

Adults 7 euros
Students 3 euros
Family tickets (2 adults and max 3 kids) 15 euros
Group ticket 5 euros

I Portici di Bologna

The nearly 40-km-long  porticoes make the city of Bologna unique in the world and have been nominated as  a UNESCO World Heritage Site . With more than 600 arches and a length covering 3,796 meters , the portico of San Luca  links the town  to the Sanctuary on the top of the Colle della Guardia.

address: 40100 Bologna (BO)

Voltone del Podestà

Vault under the Palazzo del Podestà. It originally housed the city market and the benches of the notaries; later on, blasphemers were set on the pillory and hangings were performed under its arches.

address: Piazza Maggiore, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D - 4

Arco del Meloncello

Was completed in 1732 by the architect Carlo Francesco Dotti. From this point diverge the three main porticos of Bologna: To the north, passing alongside the stadium to the Certosa (municipal cemetery); To the east, leading to the Saragozza Gate and the center of the city; To the southwest, the Portico of San Luca, leading up to the Santuario di San Luca (Sanctuary of San Luca).

address: Via Saragozza, 235 - 40134 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: M - 9

Corte Galluzzi

An archway on one side of Piazza Galvani in the Corte de' Galluzzi, a well-representative complex of what was an area consortium.

address: Corte de' Galluzzi - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore is located at the very centre of Bologna. In the past the square underwent many changes and was further enriched with important buildings: Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo d'Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo dei Bianchi.

address: Piazza Maggiore – 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Piazza Nettuno

Piazza del Nettuno was given this name because it was built to give prominence to Statua del Nettuno, the statue that may be seen at its centre.

address: Piazza del Nettuno - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3/4

Piazza Santo Stefano

Piazza Santo Stefano is one of the most peculiar places in Bologna. Even though it is mainly considered as a square, it is not properly this: Via Santo Stefano widens to create this peculiar area that leads to the monumental group of buildings named after the same Saint.

address: Via Santo Stefano, 24 – 40125 Bologna (BO)

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana (originally known as Porta Ravennate) is the place where “le due torri”, (the two towers, symbols of Bologna) and the statue of San Petronio (the patron Saint of the city) may be found.

address: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Piazza Galvani

Piazza Galvani is located behind Basilica di San Petronio and in front of the portico leading to Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio. At the centre of the square there is a marble statue by Adalberto Cencetti representing Luigi Galvani, a famous bolognese scholar mainly known for his research about bioelectricity, while observing the famous frog he used to study.

address: Piazza Galvani - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Piazza Aldrovandi

Piazza Aldrovandi, the square named after Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522- 1605), the father of modern geology.

address: Piazza Aldrovandi - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5

Piazza Verdi

Piazza Giuseppe Verdi is located in the city centre of Bologna, not far from “le due torri” (the two towers, symbols of the city), crossed by Via Zamboni, university centre par excellence.

address: Piazza Giuseppe Verdi - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-5

Piazza San Martino

The square can be divided into three different areas: two of them lead to via Valdonica and via Marsala respectively, and the third one is the yard of San Martino's Church.

address: Piazza San Martino – 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C - 4

Piazza dei Martiri

Piazza dei Martiri was originally named after King Umberto I. It was built in 1889 when this area was still mostly rural; as a matter of fact, here there were the ancient gardens first belonging to the Poeti and then to the Garagnani families. In 1945 tha square was given its current name, Piazza dei Martiri, to homage people died in fighting Nazis and Fascists during WWII. 

address: Piazza dei Martiri, 1 - 40122 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: B - 3

Piazza Carducci

Square dedicated to the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci. Here both Museo del Risorgimento and Museo di Casa Carducci (Resorgimento Museum and Carducci's house) are located.

address: Piazza Carducci – 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E - 6

Piazza VIII Agosto

The origins of this area, now known as Piazza VIII Agosto, may be traced back to the ancient Roman Empire. The area was acquired by the Municipality of Bologna in 1219 and from 1251 it came to be known as Piazza del Mercato because here the cattle market used to take place.

address: Piazza 8 agosto – 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: B - 4

Via De' Giudei

The ghetto is an ideal place for a relaxing stroll through its peaceful and hidden alleys, starting from via de' Giudei, which was the entrance for people coming from piazza di Porta Ravegnana.

address: Via De' Giudei - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4

Piazzetta Marco Biagi

Piazzetta Marco Biagi is located in the Jewish ghetto, between via dell'Inferno and piazza San Martino.

address: Piazzetta Marco Biagi – 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4

Voltone di Palazzo Manzoli-Malvasia

The only original entrance to the former ghetto which still exixts today is the vault connecting San Donato church (18th century) to the ancient Manzoli-Malvasia palace built over the remains of a 13th century house, of which only a few door arches remain.

address: Via Zamboni - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4

Via Galliera

Via Galliera aligns a sequence of ancient palaces, often residences of senatorial families.

address: Via Galliera - 40100 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-3

Via Indipendenza

Via Indipendenza is the main street of Bologna. Now via Indipendenza is the heart of the shopping area

address: Via dell'Indipendenza - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: A/B/C-4

Canton de' Fiori - Flowers' Corner

Charming stretch of street which currently houses the homonymous bar, it derives its name from the presence of some florists’. In the back of one of these, in November 1794, two university students - Luigi Zamboni (from Bologna) and Giovanni Battista De Rolandis (from Asti) – prepared an attempted insurrection against the papal government, soon failed.

address: Via Indipendenza, 1 - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3

Via Ugo Bassi

Together with Via Rizzoli, Via Ugo Bassi occupies a portion of the ancient Roman main road ax, namely the urban stretch running in the direction west-east of the Via Emilia (189 BC).

address: Via Ugo Bassi - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3

Albergo del Pellegrino

A plaque, located on the façade of the present building (the original plaque of 1886 is kept inside the door) recalls the presence here of the Hotel del Pellegrino from 1500 to 1930.

address: Via Ugo Bassi, 7 - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-3

Via Rizzoli

The cafés, banks and shops of Via Rizzoli are  the contemporary image of the street that two thousand years ago was already present with  the name of Via Aemilia.

address: Via Francesco Rizzoli - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4

Via San Vitale

Via San Vitale is divided into two segments. The first starts from the foot of the Two Towers and reaches Piazza Aldrovandi and has a prevalently noble and upper-class character, and the second, from Piazza Aldrovandi to the gate, which, apart from a couple of exceptions, has a more middle-class and popular character.

address: Via San Vitale -40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5

Strada Maggiore

Already part of the Roman Via Emilia, Strada Maggiore runs between arcaded medieval houses, palaces and churches, from Porta Ravegnana to Porta Maggiore.

address: Strada Maggiore - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5

Via Zamboni

Via Zamboni is a historic road situated in the centre of Bologna.
It's about 1 km long and it leads from the Two Towers to Porta San Donato, running through the whole university area.

address: Via Zamboni – 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-5

Via D'Azeglio Massimo

Via D'Azeglio, with its luxurious shops, is the fashionable meeting point of the city.

address: Via Massimo D'Azeglio – 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D/E-3

Via Marconi

In the nineteen thirties (1932-1936) the fascist administration completed the modern thoroughfare, initially named Via Roma, which was developed on the left-hand side with several buildings that reflected the modernist formalism of the time.

address: Via Marconi - 40122 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: B/C-3

Via Riva di Reno

The name of “via Riva di Reno” derives from Canale di Reno, an underground channel that has been covered after WWII.

address: Via Riva di Reno – 40122 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-2/3

Via del Porto

The street was the access to the Porto Naviglio, Bologna's docks for the transport of goods on the Canale Navile. In 1801, the Western part of the street was called Via dei Murelli  that was remaining about protection walls built for the security of pedestrians in the second half of the 16th century.

address: Via del Porto – 40122 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: B-3

Porta Castiglione

Porta Castiglione could be called the “Gate of canals” (“Porta dei canali”) because next to it, there was a canal that allowed the Savena river to enter into the town. Waters of Savena were supplying hydraulic energy to dozens of mills that were producing silk and wool.

address: Piazza di Porta Castiglione - 40136 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: F - 5

Porta Santo Stefano

Porta Santo Stefano, so called the “Gate to Tuscany” (“Porta per la Toscana”), was built in the 13th century, many times rebuilt and restored during the last two centuries. Its fortification was reinforced in the 15th century. It was heavily damaged by artillery during the siege in 1512 when the original tower was destroyed.

address: Piazza di Porta Santo Stefano - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: F-6

Porta Maggiore

Porta Maggiore could be called the “Gate of honour” (“Porta d'onore”) because it has been standing on the old Roman road Via Emilia that goes towards Romagna region and many sovereigns and popes passed under this gate.

address: Piazza di Porta Maggiore - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-6

Porta San Vitale

Despite its modest aspect and reduced size, Porta di San Vitale, called the “Gate to Ravenna” (“Porta per Ravenna”), has been very important since its origin because it has been located on an important road leading to Ravenna, the antique capital of the Roman Empire and the religious metropolis on which Bologna was dependent for many centuries.

address: Piazza di Porta San Vitale - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-6

Porta San Donato

Porta San Donato was built in the 13th century on the road to Argenta and Ferrara and it was part of a bigger complex together with houses for guards. A drawbridge over the moat was built in 1354.

address: Piazza di Porta San Donato, 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: B - 6

Porta Mascarella

Porta della Mascarella conserves its original look. It was built in 13th century but it was alternately open and closed.

address: Porta Mascarella - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: A-5

Porta Galliera

Porta Galliera could be called the “Gate of the hostile fortress” (“Porta della rocca ostile”) because of the nearby standing fortress built by the cardinal Bertrand du Pouget in 1330-1333. The fortress was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt: five times between 1330 and 1511.

address: Piazza XX Settembre - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: A-4

Porta Lame

Porta delle Lame could be called the “Water Gate” (“Porta delle acque”) not only because of the near old port and the next standing “salara” (storage of salt) but also because of many lakes and marshland outside of the gate (“lame” in Latin means marshland).

address: Piazza VII Novembre 1944 - 40122 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: B-2

Porta San Felice

Porta San Felice could be called the “Gate of the War” (“Porta della guerra”):  the gate was witness of military marches to the enemy on the West...

address: Piazza di Porta San Felice - 40122 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-1

Porta Sant'Isaia

Porta di Sant'Isaia does not exist any more. It used to stand on the crossing of the ring boulevard, Via Sant'Isaia and Via Andrea Costa.

address: Piazza di Porta Sant'Isaia - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-1

Porta Saragozza

Porta Saragozza could be called the “Holy Gate” or the “Gate of Pilgrims” for two reasons: first – its name should remind of the mythical victory of Christians against Muslims in a faraway Iberian land; second – the gate has been an important point on the way to the hill Colle della Guardia and to the Sanctuary of Beata Vergine di San Luca – the goal of many processions and pilgrims.

address: Piazza di Porta Saragozza - 40123 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-1

Porta San Mamolo

Porta San Mamolo is no more existing, it was destroyed with the wall in 1903. The gate was built in the 12th century and rebuilt several times. A drawbridge over the moat was added in 1334.

address: Piazza di Porta San Mamolo - 40136 Bologna (BO)

Porta Govese

Is also called Torresotto dei Piella. The Torresotto in Via Piella belongs to the second circle of walls, which began in the late twelfth century.

address: Via Piella, 1 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-4

Torresotto di Porta Nova

The  torresotto,  or  Porta  Nova  gate,  belongs  to  the  second  ring  of  
walls, the so-called Torresotti ring, completed in 1192.

address: Via Porta Nova - 40100 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-2

Palazzo Rosso

Built on the riverside of the Navile canal, the country residence of the marquise Pizzardi is a jewel of Bolognese Liberty architecture, featuring richly decorated rooms.


address: Via Marconi, 5 - Bentivoglio (BO) ph: +39 051 8904823 email: website: opening hours: Palazzo Rosso hosts the public library, open on Opening times: Monday and Friday 8.00 - 14.00; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.00 - 13.00; Sunday closed. The site is freely visitable when the library is open or during the guided tours published on

Rocca di Dozza

Edificio di prima costruzione trecentesca, è rimasto abitato fino alla metà del '900 ed è poi stata trasformata in casa museo.

address: Piazza Rocca, 40060 - Dozza (BO)

Rocca sforzesca di Imola

An exquisite example of fortified architecture in the period between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

address: Piazzale Giovanni Dalle Bande Nere - 40026 Imola (BO) ph: +39 0542 602609 email: website: opening hours: Saturday 3:00pm - 7:00pm Sunday 10:00am - 1:00pm, 3:00pm -7:00pm Tuesday-Friday on booking  9:00am - 1:00pm For groups and classes open every day on booking entrance:


Full € 4
Concessionary € 3

Free admission for Bologna Welcome Card owners

Full (2 museums) € 6
Full (3 museums) € 8

More info (in English) on the web site  

Rocca di Imola, Museo San Domenico and Palazzo Tozzoni are also part of the Musei Metropolitani Card circuitdetails

Palazzo Tozzoni

Exquisite example of perfectly preserved noble residence. Among with the Fortress and Museo San Domenico, it is part of the Civic Museums of Imola.

address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 18 - 40026 Imola (BO) ph: + 39 0542 602609 fax: + 39 0542 602608 email: website: opening hours: Saturday 3:00pm - 7:00pm Sunday 10:00am - 1:00pm, 3:00pm -7:00pm Tuesday-Friday on booking  9:00am - 1:00pm For groups and classes open every day on booking entrance:


Full € 4
Concessionary € 3

Free admission for Bologna Welcome Card owners

Full (2 museums) € 6
Full (3 museums) € 8

More info (in English) on the web site  

Rocca di Imola, Museo San Domenico and Palazzo Tozzoni are also part of the Musei Metropolitani Card circuitdetails

Castello dei Bentivoglio

Leisure residence of the noble Bolognese family of the Bentivoglios, maintaining the original Renaissance structure with magnificent 16th-century frescoes and later decorations in Ars Æmilia style.

address: Via Saliceto, 1 - Bentivoglio (BO) ph: +39 051 8904823 entrance:

The Castle is open for guided tours only, the calendar is available on

Zena Castle

The “Zena Castle” is located at the foot of the Monte delle Formiche on a sandstone upward and surrounded by an oak forest. The oldest evidence talks about “Genae Castrum”, around which soon a village formed.

address: Via Zena 18, 40065 - Pianoro (BO) entrance:

Under restoration

Palazzo dei Capitani di Montagna

Dated back to the Fourteenth century, it was rebuilt after the bombing raids which struck the town during World War Two. The centuries-old seat of the Mountain Captains has its façade adorned by the stained glass windows by Luigi Ontani

address: Piazza Capitani della Montagna 1, 40038 - Vergato (BO) opening hours: From Monday to Saturday 8:30am – 12:30om Thursday 3:30pm-5:30pm Closed on Sunday

Palazzo Sersanti

Located on the east side of the main square of Imola, in front of the town hall, it was built in the 15th century by Girolamo Riario, Lord of Imola and nephew of Pope Pius VI.

address: piazza Matteotti, 8 - 40026 Imola (BO) ph: +39 0542 26606 entrance:

It can be visited on appointment

Ponte Alidosi

With its 42-metre long single arch, it is a splendid example of a Renaissance age humpbacked bridge.

address: Via Ponte degli Alidosi - Castel del Rio (BO)

La strada del Jazz

In the Bologna city centre, hidden in the heart of the Quadrilatero, there is a street known as “La strada del Jazz” (Jazz Street), named after the gold stars dedicated to the greatest Jazz players of all time.

address: Via Orefici, via Caprarie Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-4