Among the city's numerous mansions, Palazzo Rasponi dalle Teste stands out for its grandeur and impressive decorations. The construction of the palace began in the last decade of the 17th century by the will of Giovanni Rasponi – bishop of Forlì – and of his brother, Earl Giuseppe. The building was to emphasize the importance of the Rasponi family, one of the most important families of the whole Romagna who dominated the political and economic landscape of Ravenna between the 16th and 19th century.
The façade of Palazzo Rasponi, richly decorated with classical and late mannerist elements, boasts a grand portal which frames the double height entrance hall and bears witness to the transition from Baroque to Rococo, as well as the interior.
Tripartite like a three-nave church, the grand staircase of the entrance hall leads to the second floor (piano nobile, the main floor of the building), ending with a door to the ballroom decorated with the coat of arms of the Rasponi family - two crossed lion paws showing their claws (the rasponi). In the big hall – once the rooms of Earl Giuseppe – there are four doors topped by stucco portals with busts of ancestors or mythical characters at their centre, repeated in the other rooms up to the window on Via d'Azeglio.
The portals of the six sumptuously decorated rooms of the bishop form a gallery where over a hundred paintings of great value once hung.
A large private garden stretched in the open space before the palace – now Piazza Kennedy – up to the side of the nearby Rasponi Murat building.
Between December 2011 and spring 2014 Palazzo Rasponi underwent extensive restoration works thanks to the support offered by Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna.
Today, the building houses some Departments of the Municipality of Ravenna, and is home to temporary exhibitions, concerts, conferences, weddings and cultural events.
The building is open only during exhibitions or events: every day, 3pm - 6pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Palazzo Rasponi is accessible to disabled people.
Located in the city centre. Bus 70. Car park in Piazza Duomo, Via Port'Aurea, Via Guidarello Guidarelli. Close to the Cathedral, Archiepiscopal Museum and Oratory of Sant'Andrea.
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Last modified date: 05/07/2016