Palacio Barolo
Palacio Barolo
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
The PALACIO illustrates and pays tribute to THE DIVINE COMEDY written by DANTE ALIGHIERI. This building shows a unique architectural style, mingling the neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic appearance followed by the dome, with its original hindu design, which belongs to the region of Bhubaneshwar. It represents the tantric union between Dante and Beatrice, both protagonists of The Divine Comedy.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: El Centro (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Sáenz Peña • 1 min walk
  • Lima • 4 min walk
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  • Fernando C
    76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice experience to do!
    This is an amazing experience. Taking the tour and listening to the history of the building is incredible. I loved it specially because I am a literature teacher and talks about Dante Alighieri because it has influenced on him. The tour guides were amazing, going up to the lighthouse and having a sight from the city was amazing. I recommend going at night.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Bruce B
    Waco, Texas16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit!
    Awesome tour of the historic Palacio Bartolo. Sylvana was great and brought the story to life. Apparently tours only started about 10 years ago. This is definitely worth the visit. The views are amazing!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Try2TravelSustainably
    Hamilton, Canada395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make time for this 2 hour tour
    Highly recommended. We went on the day tour and got to see everything with the beautiful sun. Not sure what the night tour would be like inside but seeing the city at that height all lit up would be incredible. The tour was very well done and informative. There are many nooks and crannies you get to visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • jodyc06
    Denver, Colorado67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset tour is worthwhile
    We went on the 7p sunset tour and it was the perfect night for it! It was generally an interesting tour which involves some climbing of narrow staircases but felt it all worthwhile. The lighthouse was pretty cool as well as views from the numerous balconies on the level below. Suggestion: stay for dinner or a drink at one of their patios.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Mark B
    San Jose, California5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite interesting building
    Not sure why the person with the one star review had such a bad experience. We had a good time visiting this building, the ticket sales person and our guide spoke English very clearly. This is an office building, but it is very interesting and has a light house on top. The tour had us spend time on the 1,4,14,22,7 floors. We went into the lighthouse on top a rooftop patio, offices and common spaces. I found it very worth our time. We liked it better than the Colon theater, though that was good at 4 stars
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2024
  • Michael B
    Bellflower, California24,120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifull classic Building.
    Designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti, in a combination of Gothic, Art Nouveau and Eclecticism styles, this 22-story 100 meters building was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, and in 1923 was the tallest skyscraper in South America. It is possible to walk around the magnificent lobby for free, but it's best to go to the website or kiosk on the building's ground level to book guided tour of the building. This way you get to ride in a vintage 1920s elevator to the rooftop lighthouse and admire the panoramic views especial at nighttime on a wine tasting tour. TIP: Check out Salon 1923, the new cocktail bar on the 16th floor, its free with great views of the city. Please Tick the box below if you find this review helpful or interesting. Thank you
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2024
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Minerva L
Barcelona, Spain17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
It is the second time I do this tour and the quality has gone down abysmally. It started more than 15min late, it was overcrowded, the explanation was absolutely dull...

Due to the large amount of people in the group, we had to split up to visit the tower: as a result, half the group was late to see the sunset and had to see the tower views at night, while the other half of the group was left waiting for 20 minutes in a dark set of stairs doing nothing.

The light at the top of the building was supposed to be lit at the end of the tour (you pay extra for this) but it was not working... I could go on and on... I took other people with me on this tour as I wanted to share with them what I remembered as a very pleasant and interesting experience and I was appalled.

Moreover, the company does not enforce any health measures regarding COVID. There was people in the tour without their masks on, even inside the elevators, and the guide did not ask them to wear it.

Considering the cost of the tour (almost 25$) you would expect quite a lot more than this. I would not recommend it at all. TBH, if you walk along the aisle on street level (which is free) and then book a spot in the rooftop bar to see the views, you will get exactly the same highlights. And if you read the Wikipedia entry online you will learn MORE than with the tour.
Written January 16, 2022
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Tina S
Buena Vista, CO6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Colossal waste of time and money. Our combined Spanish/English tour was awful. Our ‘guide’ could hardly bother to provide information about the building in English (she said “it just takes longer to explain things in Spanish”), whatever reference to Dante and his monumental work is found in the building was never explained, and the supposed reference to Masonic symbolism in the brochures is either non-existent or invisible. The view from the top was excellent-too bad there was no one to point out interesting features or buildings. But the lemonade at the end of the tour was delicious. Skip this.
Written February 22, 2020
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Penny R
Nanaimo, Canada223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Beautiful ornate building from the 1920s. The designer based the building on Dantes Divine comedy. The tour is expensive but the story is fascinating. The tour takes us from hell to purgatory and finally to heaven. If you’re not afraid of heights climb the final staircase to the tiny glass lighthouse atop the building. This was the tallest building in Buenos Aires a century ago and the view is stunning
Written February 6, 2020
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Bolte59
Brantford, Canada718 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was a complete piece of garbage.
It’s costs about $40 for 2 people to take this abomination.
The tour is supposed to be bilingual but it seems the girl guiding it spoke only Spanish and some other incomprehensible gibberish.
How this tour relates to Dante is a complete mystery except that his ashes “may” at one time been on display there.
On the tour they point at the tile floor and say the pattern was inspired by Dante’ books. I have seen the same pattern in dozens of subway toilets. They then point at a pattern on an elevator door and say they were part of the Masons code and symbolize Dante’s trip through hell. It was the bloody Fleur De Lys, it’s on the French Flag, the Quebec flag and hundreds of thousands of structures throughout the world.
Every thing was a load of trash. Save your money and sit on the Congress Square and have a nice lunch and bottle of wine.
Written January 23, 2024
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lowryepp
Epping, UK909 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Designed to retell Dantes story. Admire the almost Harry Potterish style. Inside only the ground floor foyer was open, the lifts and terrace were closed (March 2020). The staff were not helpful - I can read the sign! Maybe pop in when calling on Tortini's / teatro Avida?
Written March 12, 2020
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Lynn M
Houston, TX2,533 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Very nice tour with Isabella who spoke first in Spanish and then in English. We took the tour on a Friday night, so we got to see the sun set on the city. Worth it to go up, up and up, all the way to the lighthouse, to see the magnificent views of the city. Lots of stairs, but you can hug the walls, so if you are fairly fit, it will not be a problem. Narrow staircases, so single file all the way. Early on you take an elevator. Coming down is even easier than going up, just watch your head when you are way up
Written February 21, 2020
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Ralph F
Dubai, United Arab Emirates160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The visit was bilingual ( English and Spanish) so the guide had to explain everything twice. This made the visit far too long as what took us 95 minutes could have been done in less than an hour. We liked the lower floors called the « Hell » as per Dante but the upper floors maybe with the exception of the balcony weren’t interesting as there wasn’t much to see or enjoy
Written March 31, 2023
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Mark B
San Jose, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Not sure why the person with the one star review had such a bad experience. We had a good time visiting this building, the ticket sales person and our guide spoke English very clearly. This is an office building, but it is very interesting and has a light house on top. The tour had us spend time on the 1,4,14,22,7 floors. We went into the lighthouse on top a rooftop patio, offices and common spaces. I found it very worth our time. We liked it better than the Colon theater, though that was good at 4 stars
Written March 1, 2024
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Try2TravelSustainably
Hamilton, Canada395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Highly recommended. We went on the day tour and got to see everything with the beautiful sun. Not sure what the night tour would be like inside but seeing the city at that height all lit up would be incredible. The tour was very well done and informative. There are many nooks and crannies you get to visit.
Written October 14, 2023
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ACappon
East Lyme, CT440 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Wonderful tour with an excellent English speaking guide who translated back and forth between Spanish and English. The building is beautiful with and interesting history. The views from the top our outstanding. The walk up the flights of stairs isn’t difficult it’s just a little tight. We finished the tour at the cafe with fresh lemonade and a great view.
Written February 10, 2020
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