The Piazza Bologni is a rectangular square surrounded by several historical baroque buildings in Palermo. It is located along the main street Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Attractions are the Statue of Charles V and a number of 16th to 18th century palaces.
Piazza Bologni Palermo historical buildings
The Piazza Bologni was constructed in 1566, by the Bologna, who had had their own palace built in this spot.
After this, similar palaces were built in the square, which gives it its unique character.
The original building itself was destroyed in the 17th century, to be replaced by the Palazzo Alliata di Villafranca. The wide façade, with its two symmetrical entrances and stucco oats of arms, was reconstructed in the 18th century. It takes up on entire side of the Piazza Bologni.
The Palazzo Ugo delle Favare (n. 10) is an early 18th century mannerist palace with a huge central entrance. This entrance is flanked by two statues and crowned by an elegant loggia. It is private property and not open to tourists. Part of the palace was damaged by a bomb in 1943.
The Palazzo Belmonte-Riso was built in 1784 after a design by Venanzio Marvuglia nel 1784. It is the seat of the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia. Its main entrance is at Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 365.
Statue of Charles V
The statue in the centre of the Piazza Bologna represents Charles V. It was sculpted by Scipione Li Volsci in 1630. The statue took up its position in 1631, almost one century after Charles V had visited Palermo on his return from the victorious war in Tunisi.
Public transportation Piazza Bologni Palermo
Piazza Bologni can be reached by bus 101 from the Central Station.