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Piazza Maggiore 1 Under the Podesta' Palace, 40124 Bologna Italy
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Jo_and_Tom wrote a review Mar 2020
Anna, Ohio1,421 contributions341 helpful votes
We walked through the Portico of this building. If I remember correctly one of the stores in it is a Gelato place. Per our guide, the machine to produce Gelato was made by the owners of the shop.
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
tdhat wrote a review Mar 2020
Flower Mound, Texas808 contributions225 helpful votes
At night the building is well light and the piazza is crowded makes for some great pictures. Nice Architecture
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Date of experience: February 2020
1 Helpful vote
Asiyah Noemi K wrote a review Mar 2020
Pula, Croatia4,370 contributions37,534 helpful votes
On the beautiful Piazza Maggiore next to Basilica di San Petronio and the beautiful Palazzo d'Accursio (or Palazzo Comunale) is the charming Palazzo del Podestà, makes a wonderful atmosphere throughout the square. The Palazzo del Podestà was erected in 1200 as a public building and a seat of power, the seat of the local podestà, the various functionaries of the commune. It is an architecturally impressive complex which includes two corridors that cross under the Voltone del Podestà. Overhead rises the Torre dell'Arengo with its bell that was used to summon the population in extraordinary moments. In 1453 Aristotile Fioravanti replaced the bell and reconstructed the original Gothic façade in the Renaissance style by order of Giovanni II Bentivoglio. Voltone del Podestà is decorated with terracotta statues set in 1500 with the figures of the city's protective saints: San Petronio, San Procolo, San Domenico, and San Francesco. The interesting thing is that under the Voltone del Podestà there is an extraordinary acoustic effect where you can stand under the opposite corners of the arch and hear each other clearly at a whisper. In the 16th-18th centuries the Palazzo was used as theatre. The Palazzo del Podestà proved too small to accommodate the large numbers of townspeople who turned out to participate in the city governance. As a result, a mere 40 years after its construction, the Palazzo Re Enzo was built alongside it. The Palazzo del Podestà is a long building, with a large hall on the upper floor. In the 20th century it was frescoed by Adolfo de Carolis. The lower floor is a double open arcade, through which today pass two lanes of shops.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Nov 2019
United Kingdom3,546 contributions2,518 helpful votes
This is one of several big, heavy, red brick palazzos surrounding the Piazza Maggiore. It's the oldest one on the piazza (dating from 1200s) and stands directly opposite the Basilica. The Piazza Maggiore is the best starting point to explore Bologna. Once here, I’d recommend stopping at the Palazzo del Podesta first because the Tourist Information Centre is located on the left hand side on the ground floor. They are particularly helpful here and have a large number of maps and brochures. They also offer a large range of tours and are happy to spend some time advising you if you need help. There are a number of cafes under the portico where you can grab a coffee and look out across the huge piazza. Even better, if you can return later in the day for aperitivo - I can highly recommend sitting in one of these cafes with an Aperol at the end of the day and enjoying looking directly across at the basilica. Points of Interest: • If you look above the present-day cafes, you can see the balcony area where medieval authorities stood to announce government decisions and criminal sentences. • The Palazzo arches were the site of hangings in the 1500s and some hangings were by defenestration and wrongdoers were thrown by rope from the Palazzo windows. • The Palazzo Re Enzo and tower were added in 1245. In its heyday, the tower’s bell would ring out to call citizens to meet in the piazza in times of danger. • The huge room on the top level was for the tribunal and later for the conclave of cardinals who elected the anti-pope Giovanni XXIII. Nowadays exhibitions are sometimes held here but I don't think you can enter otherwise. • Most interesting is the story of King Enzo of Sardinia. Captured in battle, he was locked up in the tower for 23 years until he died in 1272. For the most part he was allowed a lot of freedom and luxuries but at night, security was ramped up and he was locked in a cage and suspended from the ceiling. This was probably prompted by numerous escape attempts, including one where he hid in a big wooden wine basket but unfortunately his thick, blond hair stuck out the top and he was spotted • If you have kids with you, a fun thing to do is to try out the ‘whispering gallery’. This is a special spot where the two passages on the ground floor intersect. We forgot to try this but apparently if you stand diagonally opposite someone and whisper, they will hear you, loud and clear. Worth a try if you remember. • It’s also interesting to note the rosettes carved on the portico pillars – there are 3000+ of them and not one is the same.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Angelo S wrote a review Oct 2019
Hilliard, Ohio2,285 contributions190 helpful votes
Many different places housed within this building next to Palazzo Enzo houses a few larger coffee shops and is home to Bologna Welcome. There is a pass-through to the back of the building where a restaurant and gelateria can be found. Wonderful architecture and a few little nooks to explore.
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Date of experience: September 2019
1 Helpful vote
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