Year of Palladio

Civic Architecture : Public Building

Arco Bollani

Work on the Arco Bollani began in April 1566 and was completed in four months. After designing the arch itself, Palladio brilliantly widened the road leading up to the Udine Castle, over which the Arco Bollani stands, and thus “further highlighted the presence” of his work. (Beltramini, p. 203) In fact, Palladio had several public buildings in the Piazza demolished in order to widen the road, making the “arch an urban feature of the public square; at the same time he clarified its visual and symbolic connection to the castle above as the arch signifies access to the medieval fortification.” (Constant, p. 78).

Additional Public Buildings