Palazzo de Rossi

Bartolomeo de Rossi, a rich merchant from Parma, moved to Bologna and there he built the most sumptuous palace of the period.

Ladies, pages and knights used to spend hours of pleasure and rest in the Bolognese countryside far from the war.

The Palace was built a short distance from the city of Bologna, near the River Reno, in the valley below the last hills of the Apennines. Surrounded by an agricultural estate, the residence was equipped with mills to break wheat and make paper and a canal with mechanical saws to cut wood, a large dovecote and stables for almost 100 horses.

The palace was built on two levels in order to have a sunny part and a cool, shady  one.

The proximity of the Reno canal provided the palace and the attached village with the power necessary to meet their needs.

The palace and the village had everything necessary to be self-sufficient: crops, fish ponds, stables, orchards, mills and sawmills. The inhabitants were responsible for agriculture and took care of any related aspect. Their houses/shops still overlook the square of the village dominated by the manor house and the Colombaia Tower.

The palace blends in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature thanks to the warm colors of the stone and the terracotta used for its construction, to its light vaults and its magnificent courtyard.

The courtyards, the halls, the airy loggias and the large windows opening onto the surrounding countryside and the asymmetric Italian garden, take us back in time and make us plunge into a magical atmosphere.