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Archiginnasio di Bologna

Piazza Galvani 1, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 276811
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Piazza Galvani 1, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 276811
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The building is beautiful outside but what is truly outstanding are the frescoes on the walls of what looks like the entire building. There are apparently over 6,000 coats of arms of the home city or country of students who were elected councillors. It gives...More

Thank AJJS1
Reviewed 6 days ago

Old building, used today as well, there is a huge library inside, no fees. Easy to find and access takes no time.

Thank szi2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

This really is a spectacular building and easy to imagine the many people who have taught and studied there over the centuries. Very glad to have found this place.

Thank eramdenee
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the original seat of the University of Bologna, built in 1562-63. The courtyard has assorted coats of arms, mostly well-worn. The porticos surrounding the courtyard have impressive vaulted ceilings, and various other coats of arms are on display. Upstairs, there are further memorials...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem - well, hidden for me - as I had been to Bologna countless times without finding this attraction, which is parallel to the main square/Basilica. The entrance to the town library and the "teatro anatomico" is magnificently decorated, especially with...More

Thank FTMDave
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is in the centre of Bologna, and if you have a bit of spare time you have to see this courtyard full of emblems and paintings (you can go in the aisle of the first floor too, and then if you want you can...More

Thank TheNike
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visit the historical building of the Bologna University, the oldest University of the western world. Walk around the ancient corridors and rooms. Visit the "teatro anatomico": a medieval room devoted to the study of human anatomy, richly decorated with the statues of important medical scientists.

Thank Rodrigo F
Reviewed 16 July 2017

The oldest university in Europe, with impressive wooden Anatomical Theatre, beautiful ceilings and walls.

Thank Indre S
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

This place represents the rich history of Bologna and Italy in general in education and sciences. The architecture and interior decoration are breathtaking. A definite must in Bologna!

Thank Konstantinos K
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Loved seeing the students' coats-of-arms on the ceiling in the Hall of the Jurists (AKA Stabat Mater Hall). And amazing to hear that the father of plastic surgery taught in the small "Teatro Anatomico". Hidden gems everywhere along with stories of famous students, including Mozart....More

Thank Christy Lee S
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Nuril J
18 July 2017|
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yes, and you get unlimited wifi connection and can listen to music all you want. in the main city square (piazza maggiore) there's the entrance to SALABORSA, one of the public libraries of bologna. you can find all the space... More
25 July 2015|
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of course they are.