Via Indipendenza, 69 - 40121 Bologna

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An ancient place, with two levels and a transparent floor.
Perfect location for private events with view on the I Portici Restaurant’s Wine Cellar

Ex Ice House – XIV c.

As well as housing the prestigious Wine Cellar of I Portici Restaurant, the Ex Ice House is a unique location for an elegant tasting experience of dishes made by the skilled hands of our chef. The Ex Ice House, which represents an ingenious attempt to anticipate the first refrigerators by 500 years, after the renovation of the Palace, has been returned to the city of Bologna, to show the new way of hospitality that shares unique places and experiences and, at the same time, fascinating opportunities for recreation.
Entering in the medieval Ex Ice House in not hard relive the ancient atmospheres, when this place, that today is one of most suggestive in Bologna, was lit by the dim light of torches and oil lamps and kept, between straw and snow, foodstuffs of Rocca di Galliera, the fourteenth-century residence of the papal legate. Its tunnels run long and narrow to the Parco della Montagnola, starting from the bowels of Maccaferri Palace, home of I Portici Hotel, which was annexed to the early 1900s. It has gone through over seven centuries of history, without ever betraying its original characteristics. Careful restoration work has made it even more attractive, transforming it into an environment on two levels, separated by a transparent floor that can guarantee great lightness to the entire structure.

Today Ex Ice House is a suggestive location where to create a intimate event, a romantic dinner, a private meeting, a small tasting and much more.
The experience in the Ice House become more exclusive thanks to the possibility to realize an ever new journey, with the gastronomic proposals of our MICHELIN Italia 2023 starred restaurant and the dedicated service.

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