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Palazzo d'Accursio o Comunale

Palazzo d'Accursio o Comunale

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.

Palazzo Re Enzo

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.

Palazzo del Podestà

Palazzo del Podestà

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

Palazzo dei Notai

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.

Palazzo dei Banchi

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.

Archiginnasio

Archiginnasio

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.

Palazzo della Mercanzia

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.

Palazzo Ghisilardi Fava

Palazzo Ghisilardi Fava

The palace, built for Bartolomeo Ghisilardi at the end of the century, is the exemplary model of a 15th-century's noble house from Bologna.

Palazzo del Monte di Pietà - Palace of the Pawnshop

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).

Palazzo Bocchi

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.

Palazzo Dal Monte Gaudenzi

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.

Palazzina Majani - Majani Little Palace

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.

Palazzo Ghisilieri

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.

Palazzo Ronzani

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.

Casa Barilli

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.

Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali

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.

Casa del Collegio di Spagna

Casa del Collegio di Spagna

The Palace, which has a simple, severe style, was planned by  A. M. Laghi (XVIIIth century). In the façade, the coat of arms of Ferdinand VI King of Spain (1751) is placed.

Palazzo Unicredit e Galleria Acquaderni

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.

Casa Buratti

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.

Palazzo Aldini-Sanguinetti

Palazzo Aldini-Sanguinetti

The Palace that today is called Sanguinetti, from the most recent family owner's name, is the result of the difficult evolution of that zone settlements, from the Middle Ages till today, and it shows evidence of every single transformation it underwent.

Regia Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna - Palazzo Carrati

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.

Conservatorio di musica Giovan Battista Martini

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.

Palazzo Davia - Bargellini

Palazzo Davia - Bargellini

The Davia Bargellini palace in Strada Maggiore, housing the museum with the same name, is one of the major non-institutional buildings of Bologna for its size and loftiness of structure.

Palazzo Hercolani

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.

Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande

Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande

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). 

Casa Saraceni

Casa Saraceni

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

Palazzo Pallavicini

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

Palazzo  Belloni

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.

Palazzo Marescotti Brazzetti

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.

Collegio di Spagna

Collegio di Spagna

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

Palazzo Albergati

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.

Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi

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.

Palazzo Comelli

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

Palazzo Poggi

Palazzo Poggi

The palace, renovated in the mid 16th century probably by Pellegrino Tibaldi, became the new seat of the National University, after the Napoleonic reform of 1803.

Palazzina della Viola

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.

Palazzo Malvezzi De' Medici

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.

Palazzo Magnani Salem

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.

Palazzo Isolani (former Bolognini)

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.

Casa Sforno

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.

Palazzo Isolani

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.

Aula Magna di Santa Lucia

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.

Palazzo di Residenza della Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna

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.

Palazzo delle Poste

Palazzo delle Poste

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

Palazzo Orsi

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.

Palazzo Sanuti Bevilacqua Degli Ariosti

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.

Casa  Morandi

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. 

Casa Carducci

Casa Carducci

The Carducci House building dates back to the 16th century and witnesses an over two century-old history as a cult place. It is placed in the glacis of the ancient city walls between Porta Maggiore and Porta Santo Stefano.

Casa Isolani

Casa Isolani

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

Palazzo Lupari

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.

Casa natale di Gino Cervi

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.

Archivio di Stato

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.

Palazzo Orlandini - Dall'Armi Marescalchi

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.

Facoltà di Ingegneria

Facoltà di Ingegneria

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

Centro Putti

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.