Focus on Bologna
STRATEGIC POSITION AND ACCESSIBILITY
Bologna enjoys a privileged geographical position and is a natural crossroads for Italy and Europe. It is easy to reach by any means of transportation: plane, train and automobile. In the historical city centre you can easily get around on foot, everything is centrally located and the efficient public transportation system allows you to quickly reach the entire city, near and far.
VENUES AND SERVICES
Bologna is rich in different types of venues that are both exclusive and strongly integrated in the city fabric. A long experience in the MICE market ensures ease and reliability for organising any kind of event.
CULTURE, HISTORY, EMOTION
Home to the oldest university in Europe, Bologna is a city rich in art and culture. The medieval city centre, with 40 km of porticoes, is one of the best preserved in the world and more than 50 museums guard the city’s historical and artistic heritage. Walking through the old town is an emotional journey full of surprises.
HOSPITALITY AND CONVIVIALITY
Bologna boasts a unique culinary tradition, but its culinary excellence would only be great food if they were not served with that pride, passion and sincere hospitality which are typical of the city and its inhabitants. A contagious passion that makes everyone who comes here feel at home.
PALAZZO PEPOLI - Museo della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the history of Bologna)
FOR THE OPENING NIGHT
The exhibition was designed by the world-renowned architect and designer Mario Bellini, while the graphic design was the work of Italo Lupi, a ground-breaking Italian graphic designer. Palazzo Pepoli was transformed into a unique and innovative global and interactive museum which adds lustre to other local museums, by supporting them in four ways: through cross-references, with key themes signalled at the video points in each of the city museums; through coordinated educational activities; through loans of works and discoveries and through scientific cooperation initiatives launched by Bologna’s museums and cultural entities. This concerted effort reinforces overall museum projects.
Palazzo Pepoli, Museo della Storia di Bologna tells the story of the city and its inhabitants from the Etruscan period to the present day, offering a sequence of exhibition units built around key episodes, symbolic figures, anecdotes and cross-cutting themes. The story is experienced by visitors as they observe an artful combination of objects, images and multimedia.
PALAZZO RE ENZO
FOR BUSINESS MEETINGS
Referred to as “Palazzo Nuovo” (New Palace) to distinguish it from the Palazzo del Podestà, it was built between 1244 and 1246 as an extension of the other municipal buildings. Just three years later, it became the “Residenza” of the imprisoned king of the battle of Fossalta: King Enzo of Sardinia, son of Federico II who spent the next twenty-three years until his death in 1272 . The war machines belonging to the army and the Carroccio were preserved on the ground floor, while the sessions of the People’s Council were held in the open gallery on the first floor.
The Sala del Trecento (now Sala degli Atti) was created by Antonio di Vincenzo in 1386 and was later used to house the municipal archive. The top floor was completely restored in 1771 by G.G. Dotti. The restorations carried out in 1905 by Alfonso Rubbiani, who restored the gothic appearance of the building, were consistent: he rebuilt the battlements, the arches on the ground floor and the 15th-century staircase. On the right-hand side of the building you can find the entrance to the chapel of Santa Maria dei Carcerati, where those condemned to death were sent.
FOR #ART / ONE OF THE INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES
Overlooking Piazza Santo Stefano (also known as the Seven Churches Square), Palazzo Isolani has for centuries offered its arcades to one of the most enchanting walks around Bologna. But the architectural complex, of which Palazzo Isolani is the centrepiece, hides other riches within its interior.
The sale settecentesche (eighteenth-century halls) of the Piano Terreno (Ground Floor), which today is used to host exclusive events of Isolani Meeting, are richly frescoed, decorated with damask tapestries and furnished with the family’s paintings and furniture. The portraits of the Isolani family and Giacomo Murat, the King of Naples, to whom the Isolani were introduced in the early 19th century, give an atmosphere of majestic solemnity to the location; ideal for receptions, weddings, cocktails and gala luncheons, but also conferences, corporate events, seminars, workshops and press conferences.