Palazzo Comunale
Palazzo Comunale
4.5
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8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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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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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom185,717 contributions
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    Civic Building With Art Collection
    The Palazzo Comunale is the municipal building of the city hall of Bologna. The building also houses the civic collection of paintings belonging to Bologna city. The most splendid room is the Red Hall that was previously the senate offices of Bologna, not sure what it’s used for now. Much of the decorations in this room is red, while the ceiling is with many female personifications representing various types of education as you’d expect for a city with a prestigious university. Another room known as the Chapel of the Legate has beautiful frescoes painted by Carlos Barromeo, one of which depicts the ascension.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Jethro672
    1,133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent complex of building and world-class art gallery
    Magnificent complex of buildings, city art collection, spectacular recently restored frescoed ceilings and the greatest views over the main square. Spent 2hrs here including going to the clock tower. The main town hall rooms are free to enter, otherwise €8 for everything else. For the art gallery, information on specific pictures or rooms is minimal but there is a free QR code guide system which gives further detail as well as another QR guided system run by the MuseOn app which you pay a couple of €'s for which I didn't try.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 October 2023
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
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    One of the palaces that line Piazza Magiorre
    Palazzo Comunale (also called Palazzo D'Accursio) is a large Medieval period complex located at Piazza Maggiore in the city centre of Bologna. Originally the residence of the Accurio family, the palace building became a Municipality building in 1336. Additional buildings and structures were added over the centuries providing the present complex that can be seen today. You can enter the ground floor courtyard and walk around a bit within Palazzo Comunale. Spending a few minutes to enjoy the exterior facade facing the main square is nice as well. The palazzo includes a 36 metre tall clock tower which you can access and climb (€10 per person). Ticket price includes entrance to the Municipal Are Collection Museum which is also located with the palace grounds.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2024
  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia34,183 contributions
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    Until 2008, there was the Mayor's Office of Bologna.
    There are 2 more palaces in the palazzo building – Palazzo d'Accursio and Palazzo del Legato. The Palazzo d'Accursio was the first to be built in 1290, named after the first owner, lawyer Francesco d'Accorso. In 1336, the palace was turned into the residence of Anziani – during the Middle Ages, this was the name of the city's managers, and since then, Accursio has become the seat of the city government. In 1425, the palace burned down. The restoration was led by Fioravanti Fioravanti, architect of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Perugia. During the reconstruction, a clock tower (Torre d'Accursio) was installed on top of the palace. The second thing that attracts attention in the exterior is the magnificent portal of the XVI century by Galeazzo Alessi. Above the Gothic portal there is a sculpture of Pope Gregory XIII, 1580. The most interesting inside is the staircase attributed to Bramante, the Baroque Senate hall, the red Empire-style hall and the Farnese Hall, where Emperor Charles V was crowned in 1530 to rule Italy.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 April 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Palazzo Comunale (also called Palazzo D'Accursio) is a large Medieval period complex located at Piazza Maggiore in the city centre of Bologna. Originally the residence of the Accurio family, the palace building became a Municipality building in 1336. Additional buildings and structures were added over the centuries providing the present complex that can be seen today.

You can enter the ground floor courtyard and walk around a bit within Palazzo Comunale. Spending a few minutes to enjoy the exterior facade facing the main square is nice as well. The palazzo includes a 36 metre tall clock tower which you can access and climb (€10 per person). Ticket price includes entrance to the Municipal Are Collection Museum which is also located with the palace grounds.
Written 27 March 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,717 contributions
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May 2023
The Palazzo Comunale is the municipal building of the city hall of Bologna. The building also houses the civic collection of paintings belonging to Bologna city. The most splendid room is the Red Hall that was previously the senate offices of Bologna, not sure what it’s used for now. Much of the decorations in this room is red, while the ceiling is with many female personifications representing various types of education as you’d expect for a city with a prestigious university. Another room known as the Chapel of the Legate has beautiful frescoes painted by Carlos Barromeo, one of which depicts the ascension.
Written 25 July 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,183 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Solo
There are 2 more palaces in the palazzo building – Palazzo d'Accursio and Palazzo del Legato. The Palazzo d'Accursio was the first to be built in 1290, named after the first owner, lawyer Francesco d'Accorso. In 1336, the palace was turned into the residence of Anziani – during the Middle Ages, this was the name of the city's managers, and since then, Accursio has become the seat of the city government. In 1425, the palace burned down. The restoration was led by Fioravanti Fioravanti, architect of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Perugia. During the reconstruction, a clock tower (Torre d'Accursio) was installed on top of the palace. The second thing that attracts attention in the exterior is the magnificent portal of the XVI century by Galeazzo Alessi. Above the Gothic portal there is a sculpture of Pope Gregory XIII, 1580. The most interesting inside is the staircase attributed to Bramante, the Baroque Senate hall, the red Empire-style hall and the Farnese Hall, where Emperor Charles V was crowned in 1530 to rule Italy.
Written 13 April 2024
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,501 contributions
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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 8 March 2020
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Doyleygirl
Harpenden, UK304 contributions
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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 12 February 2020
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Thombly
Bologna, Italy1,551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
Palazzo d'Accursio (this is its real name) is one of the symbols of Bologna.
The stairs, the big halls (look for Sala Farnese) and frescos and wooden ceilings, the inner courtyard, the view of the town from the first and second floor, the huge pic of Bologna from the air, and its museums (you need a ticket for them) and usual temporary exhibition are surely worth a visit.
The ideal place also to relax a bit.
Friendly staff, even not always specialized on touristical issues.
There also is a lift.
Written 10 January 2013
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,864 contributions
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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 12 September 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,932 contributions
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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 29 November 2019
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Kevin Barrie
West Lothian, UK157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 12 October 2019
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masinorfolk
norfolk36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Located at the main square is the town hall, which is free to enter. Very usual staircase which I am told is ideal for horses to use. We spent well over 1 hour walking around it to different rooms. Make sure you visit
Written 4 February 2019
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