Palacio Barolo is a landmark office building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that pays tribute to the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. It has a unique architectural style that combines neo-Romanesque, neo-Gothic, and Indian elements, representing the different stages of Dante’s journey: hell, purgatory, and heaven.
The ticket price for visiting Palacio Barolo varies depending on the type of tour and the day of the week. The regular tours cost 1200 ARS per person from Monday to Friday, and 1500 ARS per person on Saturdays and Sundays. The premium tours, which include a wine tasting and access to the lighthouse, cost 1800 ARS per person from Monday to Friday, and 2100 ARS per person on Saturdays and Sundays.
Palacio Barolo is open from Monday to Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The tours are offered every hour, starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. The tours last about 90 minutes and are available in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, and Italian.
To get to Palacio Barolo, you can take the subway line A and get off at Saenz Peña station, which is right in front of the building. You can also take several bus lines that stop near Avenida de Mayo, such as 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 24, 29, 39, 45, 56, 59, 60, 64, 67, 70, 86, 91, 98, 100, 103, 105 or 129.
Some tips for visiting Palacio Barolo are:
- Book your tour in advance through the official website or by phone.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes for climbing stairs and walking around.
- Bring a camera or a smartphone to capture the stunning views from the dome and the lighthouse.
- Respect the silence and the history of the place.
- Enjoy the cultural and artistic activities that are offered regularly in the building.
The tours of Palacio Barolo will take you through the different floors and sections of the building, explaining its symbolism and history. You will see:
- The lobby and the main hall, decorated with marble sculptures and bronze lamps.
- The basement and the ground floor, representing hell and featuring dark colors and grotesque figures.
- The first to fourteenth floors, representing purgatory and featuring arches and columns inspired by Roman architecture.
- The fifteenth to twenty-second floors, representing heaven and featuring bright colors and floral motifs.
- The dome and the lighthouse, representing the union of Dante and Beatrice and offering a panoramic view of the city.
Palacio Barolo has some prohibitions that visitors must respect:
- Smoking is not allowed inside or outside the building.
- Eating or drinking is not allowed during the tour.
- Touching or moving any object or furniture is not allowed.
- Taking photos or videos with flash or tripod is not allowed.
- Entering areas that are not part of the tour is not allowed.