Also called Palazzo del Carrobbio or Loggia della Mercanzia.
From afar, it looked like a small castle or something, but when we got closer, we realised what it was.
The facade has a very interesting and intricate architecture - this one alone is worth some moments to admire.
One can almost hear the layers of voices of Roman and later tradesmen around this beautiful square. It feels as if you could hear the sound of golden and silver coins being exchanged for all sorts of goods from around the Mediterranean and beyond. Another must-see in Bologna.
Built in the 14th Century for commercial activities, this building looks like a small castle from across the square. The swallowtail design of the crenelations indicate the merchants' assertion of their independence from Rome. I understand that the chamber of commerce now resides in the building.
It's not all that impressive from the outside, but the Palazzo is well worth a visit. The outside does have a couple of small pieces of decor worth stopping to see, but otherwise, it's the interior to catch.