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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna

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Address: Via delle Belle Arti 56, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 420 9411
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Tue - Wed 14:00 - 19:00
Thu - Sun 09:00 - 13:30

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A must see

If you are in Bologna, and if you have even the very minimum interest in Renaissance paintings, do not miss with very rich and well-organised collection of paintings from the 14th... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Maria D
Bucharest, Romania
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Bucharest, Romania
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80 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Bologna, and if you have even the very minimum interest in Renaissance paintings, do not miss with very rich and well-organised collection of paintings from the 14th to 19th Century - the Renaissance section is the best represented, I think. You'll find works by very famous artists (Titian, Rafael), also Velasquez (this one might be temporary-... More 

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Lamia, Greece
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

must see gallery , masterpieces inside , renaissance and not only...10-15 minutes away from the train station by foot...

1 Thank ilias i
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We visited as the Festival Internationale Di Fumetto was in town. A great space to exhibit the comic artwork plus all the usual religious works. Good value for 6Euro.

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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Begins with the 11 or 12 Century and gets to 17th Century. Much religious art by masters - Caracci, Vasari, Reni, etc. Stunning canvases in a modern setting, not always lit to best advantage. A very fulfilling experience and would have been a loss to have missed.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

A fine collection of religious art - but not much else. We had hoped to see more secular art by local artists - some but not much. Many of the pieces were not well illuminated and they need it.

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The gallery is in a newish building and part of the University. It has a good number of rather old religious paintings, many on wood panels. I feel the woodworm killer company must have had a good contract when they were appointed! As previous reviewers have pointed out, the artists were/are probably well known to Bolognese scholars, but their fame... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Focuses mainly on late mediaeval and early Renaissance artists mainly from the local region, most of whom are little known outside of Italy. But the works are stunning. Frustrating that there was no accompanying book - in English or even Italian.

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Too.expensive for what it offers. Not that great a selection of paintings. We all expected so much more. A dissapointment.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The emphasis of this gallery is religious art. Most of the artists are of the local Bolognese school, but there are a few works by world famous painters such as El Greco and Raphael. Some of the accompanying descriptions are in English but it helps if you have some familiarity of a Romance language even if you can't speak Spanish.

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

There are 29 rooms in the gallery, which means it's not a huge one, but it took us more than 2.5 hours to get round it. There are some very interesting and beautiful paintings, and the early works are particularly interesting. It's not for those who don't like religious art , as apart from a very few secular eighteenth-century works,... More 

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