Palazzo Comunale

Palazzo Comunale, Bologna: Hours, Address, Palazzo Comunale Reviews: 4.5/5

Palazzo Comunale
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Santo Stefano
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,116 contributions
Big
Aug 2020
Really big building in thge central square of Bologna. This area of the city feels a little more modern than the rest.
Written September 12, 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,481 contributions
Very Beautiful Palace
Dec 2019
The beautiful atmosphere of the main town square can be attributed to the Palazzo d'Accursio. The beautiful atmosphere was evoked by the famous musician Luccio Dalla in his unforgettable song Piazza Grande. The Palazzo D’Accursio or Comunale, located in the center of Bologna in Piazza Maggiore, is one of the most important buildings in Bologna, which has been the seat of the city since 1336. Now is the city's Town Hall. A significant building for the city of Bologna, rich in history. The earliest structure of the Palazzo d'Accursio originally began as the residence of the jurist Accursius, but over time, it was incorporated and expanded to include adjacent buildings to house civic offices. In 1336 it became the seat of the Anziani ("Elders"), the highest magistrates of the commune, and then the seat of the government. In the 15th century it was refurbished under the designs of architect Fioravante Fioravanti, who added the Clock Tower (Torre d'Accursio). The façade features a portcullis and a Madonna with Child, a terracotta by Niccolò dell'Arca (1478) in the upper section. Over the portal is a large bronze statue of Bolognese Pope Gregory XIII (1580). A bronze statue of Pope Boniface VIII, once here, is now in the Medieval Museum. Inside the complex it is possible to visit, climbing the sixteenth-century cordoned staircase attributed to Bramante, up to the Hall of the Communal Council, on the first floor, where the Bolognese Senate met, and contains a gallery ceiling frescoed with Baroque-style quadrature by Angelo Michele Colonna and Gioacchino Pizzoli (1675–1677). The palace is also home to the Civic Art Collection, with paintings from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, the Museo Morandi, with the works by Giorgio Morandi, and the Biblioteca Salaborsa, the town libraries.
Written March 15, 2020
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Now Town hall
Jan 2020
Palazzo Comunale is at Piazza Maggiore. This palace was bought by the government in 1336 and is currently the Town hall of Bologna.
Written March 8, 2020
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Doyleygirl
Harpenden, UK302 contributions
Old centre of Bologna
Feb 2020
This is basically the must visit central Piazza Maggiore in Bologna. Here you can view all the architecture of the area and while away the time in this pedestrianised (at weekends) site.
Written February 12, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,627 contributions
Exploring Beyond the Main Sights
May 2019
Piazza Maggiore is surrounded by several big, heavy, red brick palazzos. This is the most interesting of them. It’s the one with St Gregory above the door and the clock tower.
It is next door to the basilica, so you don't have to go out of your way to see it. If you have limited time, then you don’t have to go inside – it’s not a must-see. However if you have time to explore, then it is worth a look and entry is free.
The palazzo was the seat of government since 1336 and still functions as Town Hall.
From the piazza, head through the arches with the big heavy striped columns and into the central courtyard. The different shades of dark red and pink stone (so different from Venice or Florence) are striking.

Other points of interest are:
* The Great Horse Staircase – I loved that these stairs were built in 1857 for the sole reason of making sure that the city governor could step out of his carriage right outside his front door. His apartments were on the first floor so the only way the horses could get up there was with a special staircase. You can also imagine retinues of government officials on horseback riding up and down staircase.
* Exhibitions –we came across two free temporary photographic exhibitions in the Sala Farnese. I loved the contrast of the modern exhibitions against the old, patterned floors, frescoed walls and ornate ceilings
* Hercules Hall (Sala DErcole) elegant white and cream coloured room giant statue Hercules.
* This is the best tip – when you are in the Sala Farnese, make sure you go to the end of the room for a great view looking down across Piazza Maggiore from its windows.
* There is a museum/gallery inside (but we did not go in so cannot comment)
Written November 29, 2019
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Jamie C
Norwich, UK397 contributions
Bologna
Oct 2019 • Friends
Must see when in bologna. Everything is there or nearby. Massive and beautiful architecture provide several good photo opportunities.
Written October 27, 2019
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john b
Valparaiso, IN772 contributions
Just stand here and watch the world go by
Oct 2019
Every Building around the Palazzo is magnificent! We did not go in.
I loved Bologna, food, Buildings and it's history.
Written October 25, 2019
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frenchi700
Derbyshire548 contributions
Interesting
Sep 2019
The Palazzo Comunale consists of a series of buildings, which over the centuries, have gradually been adjoined to an older core acquired by the Municipality at the end of the 13th century.
One of my favourite bits is the16th century staircase which was designed for people on horseback. It's hard to imagine people on horses going up and down those stairs now.
There is a lot to see and do here. Take your time and don't miss anything.
Written October 24, 2019
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brachitstersxxx
London, UK33 contributions
Great
Oct 2019
Fanstastic square. You can enjoy ouside and inside. Defenetly one of the best attractions in Bolonia
Written October 24, 2019
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Bunyip Adventures
West Lothian, UK161 contributions
Found by Accident, very impressive art collection
Oct 2019
While walking around on a Sunday morning we walked up the unusual stairs to find access to a very large art collection dating back hundreds of years. Not normally our thing but it was interesting and free which is a bonus for such a collection.
Written October 12, 2019
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