Palazzo del Re Enzo
Fontana del Nettuno
Adjacent to Piazza Maggiore, Piazza del Nettuno owes its name to this explicit bronze statue sculpted by Giambologna in 1566. Beneath...
Palazzo del Podestà
Dating to the 13th century, the Palazzo del Podestà was the original residence of Bologna's chief magistrate. Beneath the palazzo ...
The palace that forms the western flank of Piazza Maggiore has been home to the Bologna city council since 1336. A salad of...
Osteria del Sole
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Palazzo del Re Enzo information
This 13th-century palace is named after King Enzo, the illegitimate son of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, who was held here by papal forces between 1249 and 1272. Dating to the same period, the neighbouring Palazzo del Podestà was the original residence of Bologna's chief magistrate. Beneath the palazzo , there's a whispering gallery where two perpendicular passages intersect. Stand diagonally opposite someone and whisper: the acoustics are amazing.