Bologna – Ex Ospedale degli Innocenti

This building is of exceptional architectural interest and represents one of the most prestigious heritage sites in the city of Bologna. It originally dates back to the thirteenth century but was further developed over subsequent centuries.
Once completed it became one of the most characteristic architectural landmarks in the city’s historic centre.
It is currently registered for residential use, but also includes a number of retail units on the ground floor.

Via D'Azeglio - Via Tagliapietre - Via San Procolo, 41 - Bologna (BO)


Property type
Commercial, Residential, Hotel and leisure
Total GIA (m²)
Total GLA
Number of units
Total floors
Year of construction
Thirteenth century foundations; extensions and modifications over the subsequent centuries. Restoration and functional regeneration project in 2004-2010
State of maintenance and repair
To be refurbished
Occupation status
Risk profile

The monumental architectural complex covers an area between via D’Azeglio, via S. Procolo and via Tagliapietre, in the historic city centre of Bologna.
The complex, recently underwent intensive conservative restoration (excluding interior decor), and is comprised of four floors above ground and a basement,
which opens on to a spacious courtyard, for a total surface area of 4,647 m².
In addition to the use of the property for residential purposes, it may also be adapted to other uses including hospitality facilities.

The property complex, originally the former Ospedale degli Esposti (Hospital for abandoned children), is of significant architectural importance and is located
at the heart of the historic centre of Bologna (386,181 inhabitants) which is the capital city of the Province of Bologna (1,004,323 inhabitants) which is situated in the Emilia-Romagna region (4,450,508 inhabitants), one of Italy’s wealthiest. The property’s main facade overlooks Via Massimo D’Azeglio,
only 450 metres from Piazza Maggiore, the city’s most central square. The area has excellent over-ground public transportation services.


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