PALAZZO RE ENZO


Palazzo Re Enzo is located in Bologna’s historical city centre

In 1200, Bologna’s municipality expropriated several buildings to create Piazza Maggiore and erected the first complex of palaces destined specifically for public administrative purposes – Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo di Re Enzo and Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo.

Palazzo Re Enzo, also known as ‘Palazzo Nuovo’ (New Palace) to distinguish it from Palazzo del Podestà, was built between 1244 and 1246 (at the same time as Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo) as an extension of the other municipal buildings.

Just three years later, it became the ‘residence’ of the King captured during the Battle of Fossalta and was named after him – King Enzo of Sardinia, son of Emperor Frederick II. He lived in the building for twenty-three years until his death in 1272. His figure inspired many legends in popular literature.

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How to reach Palazzo Re Enzo


Palazzo Re Enzo can be reached very easily as it is located just 500 metres from Bologna Centrale, the city’s main train station, 13 km from Guglielmo Marconi airport and 3 km from Bologna’s motorway exit.

“Guglielmo Marconi” international airport is well connected with Italian, European and Extra-European destinations. The airport is connected to Bologna’s city centre thanks to the AEROBUS BLQ shuttle service, which runs 7 days a week.

Bologna can be easily reached from many Italian cities, as its ring road connects the country’s major motorways.

Palazzo Re Enzo is located 3 km from Bologna’s motorway exit (Motorways A1, A13, A14). As it is located in the city centre, which is a Restricted Traffic Zone, we recommend parking your car in one of the several car parks nearby.

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Bologna’s central station is one of the main railway connecting hubs on a domestic and European level and it is located just 500 metres from Palazzo Re Enzo. Thanks to high-speed trains, you can reach Bologna’s central station in just half an hour from Florence, 1 hour from Milan, 1 and a half hours from Venice, 2 and a half hours from Rome and 3 and a half hours from Naples.

For more information please visit the official website of Trenitalia and Italo.

Palazzo Re Enzo can be reached using Tper lines at local rates. For further information on bus lines and times: www.tper.it

You may either book a taxi by phone or walk to your closest taxi parking. Main taxi parking lots are located ranks in front of the main railway station and in the main piazza located within the city centre.

If you arrive in Bologna by plane, the taxi ride into the city centre takes about 20 minutes.

COURTYARD – GROUND FLOOR


From the main entrance, Palazzo Re Enzo’s 250 sqm courtyard is accessed from a staircase overlooking Piazza del Nettuno.

At the centre of the colonnaded courtyard, there is an ancient sandstone well, while on the right-hand side you will find the ancient Chapel of St. Mary of Prisoners, which was recently restored and decorated by British artist David Tremlett.

On the left-hand side, there is a 15th-century staircase leading to the upper floors.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE planimetry OF THE GROUND FLOOR

SALONE DEL PODESTA’ – 1st FLOOR


From the loggia, the Salone del Podestà is accessed through a covered passageway and a majestic solid wood door. The spacious Salone del Podestà, which was once a courtroom, was used as a Public Theatre between 1581 and 1767 (the second version of the Euridice was performed here in 1616) and later became a court for ball games.

SALA DEGLI ATTI – 1st FLOOR


The first hall on the first floor of the palace is Sala degli Atti, which covers 430 sqm. The hall, which was once known as Sala del Trecento, was created in 1386 by Antonino di Vincenzo, the most famous architect of the time. It was later used to house municipal archives.

EXTERNAL LOGGIA – 1st FLOOR


The first-floor loggia is found leaving the entrance of Sala degli Atti behind and continuing on the staircase. With a total area of 400 sqm, the loggia is the ideal outdoor space to spend time outdoors enjoying a uniquely magnificent view of Piazza del Nettuno.

The area is divided into two spaces, one is covered by a colonnade connecting the two halls overlooking the ground-floor courtyard and the other uncovered.

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SALA RE ENZO– 2nd FLOOR


Sala re Enzo is located on the second floor of the building and covers around 400 sqm. It is named after the son of Emperor Frederick II, who was imprisoned in this room until his death.
Senate architect Gian Giacomo Dotti rebuilt the hall in 1771.

SALA DEL QUADRANTE – 2 nd FLOOR


The Sala del Quadrante is located on the second floor of the palace. It has an overall floor area of around 150 sqm and was named after the ancient clock face frescoed on the ceiling next to the hall. The Sala overlooks via Rizzoli, offering a panoramic view of some of Bologna’s Medieval towers.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE planimetry OF THE 2nd FLOOR