Palacio Barolo

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Palacio Barolo
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The PALACIO illustrates and pays tribute to THE DIVINE COMEDY written by DANTE ALIGHIERI. This building shows a unique architectural style, mingling the neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic appearance followed by the dome, with its original hindu design, which belongs to the region of Bhubaneshwar. It represents the tantric union between Dante and Beatrice, both protagonists of The Divine Comedy.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: El Centro (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Sáenz Peña • 1 min walk
  • Lima • 4 min walk
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Minerva L
Barcelona, Spain18 contributions
Jan 2022
It is the second time I do this tour and the quality has gone down abysmally. It started more than 15min late, it was overcrowded, the explanation was absolutely dull...

Due to the large amount of people in the group, we had to split up to visit the tower: as a result, half the group was late to see the sunset and had to see the tower views at night, while the other half of the group was left waiting for 20 minutes in a dark set of stairs doing nothing.

The light at the top of the building was supposed to be lit at the end of the tour (you pay extra for this) but it was not working... I could go on and on... I took other people with me on this tour as I wanted to share with them what I remembered as a very pleasant and interesting experience and I was appalled.

Moreover, the company does not enforce any health measures regarding COVID. There was people in the tour without their masks on, even inside the elevators, and the guide did not ask them to wear it.

Considering the cost of the tour (almost 25$) you would expect quite a lot more than this. I would not recommend it at all. TBH, if you walk along the aisle on street level (which is free) and then book a spot in the rooftop bar to see the views, you will get exactly the same highlights. And if you read the Wikipedia entry online you will learn MORE than with the tour.
Written 16 January 2022
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Francis P
Austin, TX34 contributions
Oct 2021
Roman, Gothic, Indo fusion. Worth the stride for couple of hours and enjoy the sunset if you time it. Interesting stories to listen.
Written 2 December 2021
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,339 contributions
Jan 2020
It was interesting to see this as we saw its sister Palacio Salvo in Montevideo. We made online reservations in advance via What's Ap. You will have to give your passport information once they confirm that there is availability for your tour. They were flexible to change the time of my tour when I realized that another tour in Buenos Aires had changed their time. Answered promptly in good English on What's Ap. It said on their website that tours were limited to 25 people in the afternoon but there were actually 32 on our tour. The tours last 90 minutes long. There is a good amount of stair climbing and it is not air-conditioned. You can only go on the first floor if you don't take a tour. Our guide spoke in two languages-Spanish and English. She was very understandable and informative. There is a great city view and skyline where you can take photos on one of the floors. Near the end of the tour is a small glass dome that you can enter to take more skyline photos. However, that is not recommended for the claustrophobic, especially when it is hot outside as it is not air conditioned. The included lemonade at the end of the tour was watered down and not good.
Written 25 April 2020
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Duquesadiner
Glasgow, UK1,403 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
If you are walking or doing a city tour and end up in the downtown area this is a building worth studying. I had no idea of the connection with Dante’s Divine Comedy but do now. Really worth going inside but you would benefit if you had a guide to explain everything in detail and your language. We didn’t have enough time so had to settle for the external experience then read about the building separately, which was a pity.
Written 18 March 2020
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lowryepp
Epping, UK753 contributions
Mar 2020
Designed to retell Dantes story. Admire the almost Harry Potterish style. Inside only the ground floor foyer was open, the lifts and terrace were closed (March 2020). The staff were not helpful - I can read the sign! Maybe pop in when calling on Tortini's / teatro Avida?
Written 12 March 2020
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Flavia L
Buenos Aires, Argentina33 contributions
May 2019
It has a twin building Palacio Salvo in Montevideo, Uruguay. I love to see the surprise in the top lighhouse and also the Divine comedy respresented in different levels
Written 5 March 2020
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IN_Travelers47906
West Lafayette, IN4,716 contributions
Jan 2020
This is one of many beautiful buildings in Buenos Aires. It is ornate inside with 22 floors topped by a tiny lighthouse that provides unobstructed 360 views of Buenos Aires. Our tour in January began at 7:00 pm which allowed us to be in the lighthouse at sunset. Around the perimeter of the rotating light is a narrow walkway with balconies to the outside that offer wonderful views of the city as the sun goes down.

Although this is a 2-hour Evening with Cello tour, you are really paying for guided access to the building and the tour is a creative attempt to add ambiance to the visit. At about $75 for a couple, this was one of the more expensive tour activities we encountered during our three weeks in Argentina; however, after seeing similar tours advertised for much more, I guess I got a good deal going directly to the Palacio Barolo website, clicking on Tours and then Extraordinary Nights. Their ticket sales certainly indicate there are plenty of people willing to pay for the experience.

The tour kiosk is toward the back of the main lobby as you enter. I’m not sure why they require you to arrive 60 minutes early, but we were there on a nice summer evening so we spent the time touring Constitution Plaza just a short walk away. Be sure to take a moment to cross the street and admire the buildings impressive edifice. The attendants at the kiosk were young women, as was the guide and the cellist. They did their best to provide a pleasant experience, but the tour was clearly scripted and the guide did not deviate from her memorized text.

The tour began in the lobby and then used a combination of original elevators and very narrow stairs to reach the higher floors. The interior architecture was interesting, but this is clearly an older building that has seen its better day. The bathroom one floor down from the lobby was frighteningly dirty.

The capstone of the tour is clearly the walk up the tight spiral staircase to the lighthouse where we watched the sun set. This is the experience you come for. Our tour probably had 20 people, so we had to go up to the lighthouse in two separate groups. As advertised a cello is played during the visit to the lighthouse, but the young lady sounded more like an advanced student rather than an accomplished professional.

At the end of the tour, we were taken to a small office where an array of hats from the building’s period were available, supposedly for guests to wear for pictures. Not a big fan of sharing hats with strangers. A glass of champagne was also offered, although many in our group opted for water given the number of steps that had been required for the climb.

Given that it was dark outside, we needed to return to our hotel 1.5 miles away. We could have taken a taxi for about $5, but chose to walk and are glad we did. Heading east, you arrive in a mile or so at the beautiful Plaza de Mayo and then the upscale Puerto Madero with its restaurants, cafes and street performers. BA is a big city, so walking at night concerned us, but we knew where we were going and the streets were well lit with plenty of foot traffic, so the walk back turned out to be a pleasant
experience.

Very glad we reserved our tickets on line and took the tour. Given that so much was made of the building’s relationship with Dante’s Inferno, I was expecting a more academic discussion of the building and the literature rather than a script recited by a guide barely out of her teens, if that. However, she did her best, the building is interesting and the view from the top is one-of-a-kind.
Written 3 March 2020
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SianieBoo
London, UK26 contributions
Sep 2019
Our guide was terrible and tour was highly overpriced.
I genuinely do not understand why this place has such high rating. You can check the outside, the ground floor (for free) and read up on history and you will get everything anyway.

Do NOT bother booking the tours with concerts. The Cello concert we booked was in a tiny room at the tour company's office and the music was..amateruish at best.

I hear the bar is nice (though not been) so maybe go there to enjoy the view from this historic building - at least you get drinks with the price you pay for entrance. Tour doesn't get you access to bar.
Written 2 March 2020
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Laura J
Laguna Hills, CA19 contributions
Feb 2020
Probably wouldn't have done this tour except that my husband had a meeting in the building - so glad I did! The tour guide was delightful and informative about the history of this beautiful building!
Written 27 February 2020
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Sandy P
Smyrna, TN25 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We traveled from Hell, through Purgatory, and up to Heaven under the direction of our very knowledgeable guide. If you are interested in architecture, this amazing building shouldn’t be missed!
Written 25 February 2020
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