Bentivoglio Square

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Bentivoglio Square

“Piazza Bentivoglio” - the heart of the town - is surrounded by the Marchionale Palace, the Civic Tower, the Community House and the Collegiate Church “Santa Maria della Neve”. It could be considered both as a square and as the main courtyard of the Palace. It is a perfect 96-meter square, composed of 72 bays on three sides and of three entrances on the main streets. The ground floor is surrounded by 68 large arches and the great Civic Tower. The original flooring – 90 cm lower and covered with herringbone bricks – can still be observed in an excavation located in the garden near the Civic Tower. The design of the square has probably multiple authors, however, the intervention of architect and ducal hydraulic engineer Gian Battista Aleotti (“l’Argenta”) is documented. The design of the square is based on late Renaissance elements.

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Tirelli Collection


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The collection is hosted in the rooms of Palazzo Bentivoglio and consists of 50 works of considerable artistic value that the famous tailor Umberto Tirelli has donated to the City of Gualtieri.

Among these stand out Balthus drawings, paintings by Fabrizio Clerici, Renato Guttuso, Mino Maccari, Giorgio de Chirico, Giacomo Manzù. Also on show are two costumes designed by Pier Luigi Pizzi and Piero Tosi for the Enrico IV of Pirandello and for the Ludwig by Luchino Visconti.

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Church of the SS Annunziata


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The original building - located further east - has been affected by frequent floods of the river Po that seriously compromised its stability. A new one was built between 1653 and 1670. The church interior has a single nave, with six side chapels. The vault was entirely restored between 1914 and 1915, as well as a large part of the Temple.