Bologna

Landmarks

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Basilica of San Domenico
Piazza San Domenico 13

13 Piazza di San Dominico, tel: +39 051 6400411. Open: daily, 07:30 to 13:00, 15:30-19:30

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Palazzo Comunale
Piazza Grande 16

Piazza Maggiore 6, Tel: 051 203 111. Bologna's city hall, with a very rich collection of Renaissance paintings, sculptures and antique furniture, is a 14th-century palace. Don't miss its enormous main staircase, which was designed to be used by horse drawn carriages. Tu-Su - 10:00 to 18:00 children under 14 get free admission.

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Basilica of San Petronio
Piazza Maggiore

Piazza Maggiore Bologne, tel: 051/231415. Opening/Closing Time: Weekdays 9.30AM-12.30PM, 2.30PM-5.30PM; Holidays 2.30PM-5PM. The Basilica houses an invaluable number of treasures such as the sundial by Cassini and Guglielmini, which indicates the exact period of the current year at all times, the "S. Rocco" by Parmigianino and the marvelous Bolognini Chapel. From the left nave of the basilica, the visitor can gain access to the Museum where many bas-reliefs are collected.

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Santa Maria della Vita
Via Clavature 8-10

10 Via Clavature, tel: +39 051 236245 Open: M-Sa, 07:30-19:30, Su, 16:30-19:00. This Church contains "The Lamentation", a life-size terracotta group sculpture, Renaissance masterpiece by Niccolò Dell'Arca.

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Torre degli Asinelli (Tower of the Asinelli) and Torre dei Garisenda (Tower of the Garisenda)

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. The main symbols of Bologna. Torre degli Asinelli built between 1109 and 1119 is 97.20 metres tall 330 feet, with 498 steps and an incline of 1.3 meters 4 feet. Torre dei Garisenda closed to the publicis 47 m 162 feet tall and has a lean of over 3m 10 feet. Both were built in the 12th century. Open: daily, 09:00 to 18:00 €3 to climb Torre degli Asinelli.

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Tombe dei Glossatori (The Glossatori tombs)

Piazza San Domenico e Piazza Malpighi. Named for the lawyers who used to add glosses notes to documents. The tombs, which date from the end of the 13th century, are home to many of Bologna's famous scholars.

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Santuario della Madonna di San Luca (St. Luke's Basilica)

Colle della Guardia Guardia hill. Built in mid-18th century, offers a panoramic view of the City, and can be reached by walking along] the 666 arches of its unique portico. It has a peculiar layout, being of a round shape. A widely city-known icon, the Madonna di San Luca, is held there.

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I Portici (The Arcades)

Visitors can walk under the typical arcades of Bologna for a total of 38 km. The Portici were originally built by order of the town authorities to house temporary visitors. They had to be wide enough that a man could lie down under them to sleep.

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The Lamborghini Museum

this famous car maker in Italy has been producing some of the most sought-after luxury sports cars in the world for decades. There is a bus you can take from Bologna to the center of Sant’Agata Bolognese, which is a five minute walk from the museum location. The ATB 576 bus direction Crevalcore departs from the main bus station in Bologna and takes roughly 50 minutes to get to the “S. Agata Bolognese Chiesa Frati” stop in Sant’Agata Bolognese, which is five minutes on foot from the museum.

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Corte de' Galluzzi
Bologna Emilia-Romagna

It can be accessed through a vault from Piazza Galvani, in front of the Archiginnasio. An area with strong Medieval tones.

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Piazza Maggiore
Piazza Maggiore

(http://www.comune.bologna...) Large pedestrian square located in the monumental centre of the old part of the city, surrounded by the Basilica of San Petronio, the City Hall Building, the portico dei Banchi and the Palazzo del Podestà.

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Via Rizzoli

One of the main streets of Bologna. It is a meeting point and strolling area. It opens up to Piazza di porta Ravegnana, where the two towers rise.

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Fontana di Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune)

Piazza del Nettuno. A fountain built in 1563 by Tommaso Laureti of Palermo later embellished by Jean de Boulogne called Giambologna. It is considered to be one of Bologna’s symbols.

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Portico Walk to San Luca

Walk through the historic 666 Porticos, leaving from the Porta Saragozza at the end of Via Saragozza.

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University Quarter

Via Zamboni. Full of bars and cafés. The University of Bologna is Europe's oldest university , founded over 900 years ago.

Museums and art galleries

museums and art galleries
 

Museum Card Carta Bologna dei Musei, Bologna's museum card, is available for either one €6 or three days €8. The museum card gives you access to the city's main museums and discounts to some others. It is available at museums and tourist offices.

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Archaeological Museum
Via dell'Archiginnasio 2
+39 051 2757211
Adults €5, students €3
Tu-F 9AM-3PM, Sa-Su and holidays 10AM-6:30PM

This building, an old hospital, houses a comprehensive collection of antiquities including Egyptian civilization mummies and sarcophagi, iron age Villanova culture, artifacts from Etruscan Velzna, funerary art, terracotta urns, ancient vases and items from Roman times. Do not miss the bronze Certosa jar which is over 1,500 years old.

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Jewish Museum
via Valdonica 1/5
+39 051.2911280
€5
Su-Th 10AM to 6PM, F 10AM-4PM. Tickets sold until 5:15PM (3:15PM Friday). Closed Saturdays and on Jewish holidays

Located in the area of the former ghetto, this museum covers the history of Bologna's Jewish population.

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Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna
via Don Giovanni Minzoni 14

Open 10:00-18:00 Tuesday–Sunday, Th 10AM - 10PM, closed on Mondays. A nice collection of modern art, if you want a break from the more classical pieces that abound in Italy.

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National Picture Gallery
via Belle Arti 56
+39 051 421 1984

Containing the city's most important art, it offers an interesting panorama of the Emilian and Venetian painting from the XIII to the XVIII century. A must: the works by Giotto, Raffaello, Parmigianino Madonna col Bambino/Virgin Mary with Baby and the Saints Margaret, Girolamo and Petronio, Perugino, Tiziano and Tintoretto Visitazione/Visitation and Saints Joseph and Zacharias. Open: Tu-Su – 09:00 to 19:00 free for children under 18.

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The University Museums
via Zamboni. There are a number of interesting, small museums at the University in the Palazzo Poggi. These include:

The Museo Navale Naval Museum – 18th-century model warships some very large and collections of early maps 8.30-17.30 - closed Sat. and Sun. Admission free;

The Museum of Military Architechture – models of Bologna's fortifications Mon. to Fri. 8.30-17.30 - closed Sat. and Sun. Admission free;

Museo Ostetrico Obstetric Museum

The Museo Aldovrandi – the collections of the Renaissance naturalist Ulisse Aldovrandi;

Museo europeo degli Studenti - MeuS (http://www.archiviostoric...)– the Museum of European Students is about the history and culture of university students from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. Closed on Monday; Admission free. Don't miss this if you are interested in student life.

Museo della Specola, (http://www.bo.astro.it/di...). Occupies the Specola, the astronomical tower built in the beginning of 18th century over Palazzo Poggi. The material exposed illustrates the evolution of astronomic instrumentation through the centuries. Tours begins at the following hours for groups of 15 people maximum. 24 June 24 till 31 July and from 22 August till 18 September from Monday to Sunday: 10:00; 11:30; 14:00 closed 1 to 21 August; 19 September to 31 December from Monday to Sunday: 10:00; 11:30; 14:30; 16:00. Free admission.

Museo di Antropologia
– Via Selme 3, B. Bones, and artifacts of prehistoric Italians. Open: M-F – 09:00 to 13:00. Closed: Saturday and Sunday, and all week in July and August. Free admission.
Museo di Mineralogia
Piazza di Porta San Donato. Rocks, precious stones, rare minerals and meteorites. Open: M-Sa – 09:00 to 13:00 Closed: Sunday
Museo di Anatomia Patologica
Via Massarenti. Studies of human and animal deformities. Open: M-F 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday 09:00 to 13:00. Closed: Sunday. Free admission.
Museum of Giorgio Morandi
Piazza Maggiore 6 in the city hall, (http://www.museomorandi.i...). Tu-F, 09.00 - 15.00, Saturday and Sunday 10,00 - 18,30. Full price entrance €4, discounts available. Opened in 1993, the museum houses most of the works by the Bolognese painter Giorgio Morandi.
Communal Collection of Fine Arts
Collezioni Comunali d'Arte, Piazza Maggiore 6 in the city hall Tel. +39 051 2193631/2193526, (http://www.comune.bologna...). Tu-F 9-15 Sa,Su, and holidays 10-18,30. Closed Mondays. The painting collection offers works belonging to various historical periods. Special attention should be paid to the paintings by Giuseppe Maria Crespi Ritratto del cardinale Lambertini- Portrait of Cardinal Lambertini, Ludovico Carracci S. Caterina in Carcere – S. Catherine in Prison, Guido Cagnacci Cleopatra e Lucrezia, Francesco Hayez Ruth.
Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna
Strada Maggiore, 34 - Palazzo Aldini Sanguinetti Tel. +39 051 2757711, +39 051 221117, (http://www.museomusicabol...). The international museum and library of music of Bologna. From Jan 1 to May 31: Tu-Su 10AM-5PM; From June 1 to July 14: Tu-Th 10AM-1:30PM, F-Su 10AM-5PM; From July 15 to September 15: Mo-We+Fr 9:30AM-4PM, Th 9:30AM-10PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6:30PM; From Sept 16 to Dec 31: Tu-Th 10AM-1:30PM, F-Su 10AM-5PM; CLOSED Mondays, Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25.
Philharmonic Academy
Accademia Filarmonica via Guerrazzi 13, tel: +39 051 222997 fax: +39 051 224104, (http://www.accademiafilar...). The Philarmonic Academy of Bologna was established in 1666. Since then it has become a reference point for the city musical life and its fame has spread throughout Europe. Here are preserved the works of many illustrious students, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 1770 and autographed documents by Puccini, Verdi and Beethoven.
Modern Art Gallery «Raccolta Lercaro»
via Riva di Reno 57, tel: +39 051 472078 fax: +39 051 476802, (http://www.bologna.chiesa...). Opening/Closing Time: W-Sa 4AM-7PM; Su 10AM-1PM, 4PM-PM. It houses about 2000 works by Italian and foreign artists with special attention to the sculptures by Manzù, Messina, Rodin and Giacometti.
Museo delle Cere Anatomiche
via Irnerio 48, (http://www.museocereanato...). Opening/Closing time:M-F 9AM-1PM. Small museum containing wax anatomical models from the 17-18th centuries.
Ducati Museum
via Cavalieri Ducati, tel: +39 051 6413111 (http://www.ducati.com/it/) Opening/Closing Time: M-F guided tours at 11AM and 4PM; Sa 9AM-1PM. Closed during Easter and Christmas holidays and in August. It presents the evolution of the Bolognese motorcycle firm. An exposition of motorcycles, period materials, projects, mechanical components, pictures and videos.
Museo Civico Medievale Via Manzoni
(http://www.comune.bologna...)

Museo Di Fisica Via Irnerio;

Pinacoteca Nazionale Via Belle Arti;

Museo Dello Studio dell'Ottavo;

Museo Marsili Via Zamboni;

Museo Indiano Via Zamboni;

Collezione Cospi Via Zamboni;

Museo Delle Cere Anatomiche Via Zamboni;

Museo Delle Navi;

parks and gardens

Many parks were former private gardens of nobility.

Giardini Margherita (Margherita Gardens)
Viale Gozzadini. Bologna's main park created in 1875. The chalet converts to a nightclub in the summer evenings. Open: daily 06:00 to midnight.
Parco Montagnola
Piazza VIII Agosto. Public park since the 17th century. Much of the current landscaping dates from the early 19th century. The pond in the center of the park was added in 1888. Open: daily 07:00 to midnight.
Orto Botanico (Botanical Gardens)
Via Irnerio, 42 Tel: 051351280. Created in the mid-16th century for medicinal herbs. Currently the second largest park in the city the Botanical gardens are home to over 5,000 plant species. Some of the highlights include a full-grown sequoia, and a greenhouse for cacti and carnivorous plants. Open: M-F - 08:30 to 15:00, Saturday 08:00 to 13:00.
Villa delle Rose
Via Saragozza, 228/230 Tel: 051 436 818. Donated to the city in 1916, the gardens were originally owned by the Cella family. The 18th-century Villa delle Rose, which was the Cella's residence, hosts art exhibitions throughout the year. Open: Tu-Su 15:00 to 19:00.
Villa Guastavillani
Via degli Scalini, 18 Tel: 051 239 660. Designed and built by Tomasso Martelli in the 16th century. Open: M-Sa - 08:00 to 14:00.
Villa Spada
Via Casaglia, 1 Tel: 051 614 5512. On the grounds of the Palazzo Ravone an 18th century villa, it was opened to the public in 1970. Open: April to September - Tu-Su 07:30 to 22:00; October to March - Tu-Su 07:30 to 18:00.
Parco Cavaioni
Via di Casaglia. A large park featuring meadows, fields, wooded areas, and a lake. Open: April to September - 06:00 to midnight, October to March - 07:00 to 18:00.
Certosa
Via della Certosa, 18, Tel: 0514 12606. Bologna's main cemetery, with beautifully carved tombstones, built over the ruins of an ancient Etrusan necropolis. Open: daily 07:00 to 18:00.