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Third of Piazza Maggiore's main buildings, known especially for its arches and tower

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Podestá Palazzo

Another Piazza Maggiore biggie

Also on the Piazza Maggiore, together with the Palazzo d'Accursio and the San Petronio Basilica, the Podestà Palazzo is the third of the trio of buildings that were historically Bologna's most important. Built in the early 13th century, its Voltone del Podestà is one of the open-air, shop-lined porticoes characteristic of this square. In the mid-13th century, King Enzo's Palace was built alongside, and the bell of its Arengo Tower was used to summon citizens in times of emergency. Fun fact: the gallery under the arches is subject to an odd acoustic effect where you can hear other people talking loud and clear at opposite corners under the arches.



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