Palazzo Marchesini

A sixteenth century building in the heart of Bologna

Palazzo Marchesini has been property of Frabetti family from 1532 to the middle of XVII century. They extended spaces and enriched them with several decorations. The most interesting room from an artistic point of view is the living room at the first floor (the current Sala Rossa) which offers a monumental fireplace of sandstone and an elegant wooden coffered ceiling decorated with different colors. Looking up around the room you can notice a big fresco running along the four walls dated approximately the end of sixteenth century. The fresco is anonymous and recalls a series of events related to the solemn coronation of Carlo V by the pope Clemente VII taken place in Bologna in 1530. This historical event had a decisive impact on the political history of the XVI century Europe which has re-established the union between the Papacy and the Empire guaranteeing peace, even if for a short period of time.

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Sala Rossa di Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26 - Bologna