Bologna Porta Govese – Torresotto dei Piella
About Porta Govese – Torresotto dei Piella
This tower about half way down Via Piella is known either as Porta Govese, meaning the Govese Gate, or Torresotto dei Piella, meaning The Tower of Piella.
This ancient structure formidable in its strength and height, was once a gateway to the old city. Furthermore, it was actually the second line of defence during the medieval period in Bologna. Construction of it began in the late 12th century.
As it indicates here under the archway and just below the present official street name this route used to be called Via Del Torresotto. There’s no indication as to when the name was changed.
Around the side of it is a fascinating painting of the Madonna named after the Blessed Virgin of San Luca. It was restored many years ago having been dedicated to Ada Masotti – note the symbolic A upside down over the M. She was originally from Bologna and became famous for establishing one of the world leaders in fashion production.
Francesco Brizio was responsible for completing the art work in the 1600s. Unfortunately the painting is presently not in great condition and is in serious need of attention before it fades away forever.