PALAZZO VASSÉ

Palazzo Vassé is one of the oldest and most important historical residences in Bologna.

It was built in the 1500s to house the noble French Vassé family, who came to Bologna following Charles of Anjou. The palace followed the glories of the family, which for centuries cultivated cultural and political relations with the Papacy, expanding and embellishing the Palace by gathering together important artists, architects, painters and engravers. They decorated the beautiful halls and created what is a real jewel of Bologna, known as the beautiful “Meridiana”, that follows the solar phases through specific holes which also allow to scan the sky at night.

The building is located in Via Farini n. 14, in the crossroads of an area where, in the Middle Ages, the first University of the world was built, very close to San Petronio and Piazza Maggiore still considered today the true historical and cultural centre of Bologna. Unfortunately Palazzo Vassé, after centuries of history, has been hit by the horrors of war: bombed and partially destroyed it was rebuilt according to a new project commissioned by the Sassoli de Bianchi family which raised the Galleria Cavour in the demolished portion that extends from Via Farini 14 to the present Tiffany and Prada boutiques.

Today, Gioia Martini, the new owner, gives to the Palace a new splendour thanks to major renovations and modernizations in full respect of the ancient structure.