Bologna Travel Guide


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.

Archaeological MuseumVia dell'Archiginnasio 2Phone: +39 51 2757211Hours: Tu-F 9AM-3PM, Sa-Su and holidays 10AM-6:30PMPrice: FreeThis 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.
Jewish Museumvia Valdonica 1/5Phone: +39 051.2911280Fax: +39 051.235430Hours: Su-Th 10AM-6PM, F 10AM-4PM. Tickets sold until 5:15PM (3:15PM Friday). Closed Saturdays and on Jewish holidaysPrice: 5Located in the area of the former ghetto, this museum covers the history of Bologna's Jewish population.
Gallery of Modern Art of BolognaVia Don Giovanni Minzoni 14Phone: +39 (0)51 649 6611Hours: Open 10:00-18:00 TuesdaySunday, Th 10AM-10PM, closed on MondaysA nice collection of modern art, if you want a break from the more classical pieces that abound in Italy.
National Picture GalleryVia Belle Arti 56Phone: +39 (0)51 421 1984Hours: Open: Tu-Su 09:00 to 19:00Price: Free for children under 18.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).
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 Architecture – 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 – 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 mis this when you are interested in student life. It' s unique.
Museo della Specola, . Occupies the Specola, the astronomical tower built in the beginning of XVIII-century over Palazzo Poggi. The material exposed illustrates the evolution of the astronomic instrumentation through the centuries. Tours begins at the following hours for groups of 15 people maximum. June 24 till July 31 and from August 22 till September 18 from Monday to Sunday: 10:00; 11:30; 14:00 closed August 1 to 21; Sep.19-Dec.31 from Monday to Sunday: 10:00; 11:30; 14:30; 16:00. Free admission.
Collezione Cospi
Museo Dello Studio dell'Ottavo
Museo Indiano
Museo Marsili
Museum of AnthropologyVia Francesco Selme 3, BPhone: +39 (0)51 209 4196Hours: M-F 09:00 to 13:00. Closed: Saturday and Sunday, and all week in July and AugustPrice: Free admission.Bones, and artefacts of prehistoric Italians.
Museum of GeologyPiazza di Porta S. Donato 1,Hours: Open: M-Sa 09:00 to 13:00 Closed: SundayRocks, precious stones, rare minerals and meteorites
Museum of Anatomy and PathologyVia Giuseppe Massarenti, 9Hours: Open: M-F 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday 09:00 to 13:00. Closed: SundayPrice: Free admissionStudies of human and animal deformities
Communal Collection of Fine ArtsPiazza Maggiore 6Phone: +39 (0)51 2193631Hours: Tu-F 9-15 Sa,Su, and holidays 10-18,30. Closed Mondayshe painting collection offers works belonging to various historical periods. Special attention should be given 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).
Museum of Giorgio MorandiPiazza Maggiore 6Hours: Tu-F, 09.00-15.00, Saturday and Sunday 10,00-18,30Price: Full price entrance 4, discounts availableOpened in 1993, the museum houses most of the works by the Bolognese painter Giorgio Morandi.
International museum and library of musicStrada Maggiore, 34 - Palazzo Aldini SanguinettiPhone: +39 (0)51 275 7711Hours: 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.The international museum and library of music of Bologna
Philharmonic Academyvia Guerrazzi 13Phone: +39 (0)51 222 997The 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 Mozarts (1770) and autographed documents by Puccini, Verdi and Beethoven
Modern Art Galleryvia Riva di Reno 57Phone: +39 (0)51 472078Hours: Opening/Closing Time: W-Sa 4AM-7PM; Su 10AM-1PM, 4PM-PMHouses about 2000 works by Italian and foreign artists with special attention to the sculptures by Manz, Messina, Rodin and Giacometti.
Museo delle Cere AnatomicheVia Irnerio 48. Opening/Closing time:M-F 9AM-1PM. If you think Bologna's towers are crooked, then you'll want to see the deformed spines and diseased oddities at this gross-out Wax Museum. Although dedicated to the history of the art of medical anatomical models of the 19th century, the real fun are the conjoined twins and tumor-laden lepers on which showcases the art.
Civic Museum of the Middle Agesvia Alessandro Manzoni, 4Phone: +39 (0)51 219 3916Part of Musei Civici d'Arte Antica
Museum of PhysicsVia IrnerioPhone: +39 (0)51 209 1169Part of the University museums, currently closed for renovations
Ducati MuseumVia Antonio Cavalieri Ducati, 3Phone: +39 (0)51 641 3343Hours: Opening/Closing Time: M-F guided tours at 11AM and 4PM; Sa 9AM-1PM. Closed during Easter and Christmas holidays and in AugustRepresents the evolution of the Bolognese motorcycle firm. An exposition of motorcycles, period materials, projects, mechanical components, pictures and videos.
The Lamborghini MuseumVia Modena, 12, Sant'agata Bolognesethis famous car maker in Italy has been producing some of the most sought-after luxury sports cars in the world for decades
Piazza MaggioreLarge pedestrian square located in the monumental center 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 Podest.
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.
Fountain of NeptuneA fountain built in 1563 by Tommaso Laureti of Palermo later embellished by Jean de Boulogne (called Giambologna). It is considered to be one of Bolognas symbols.
Corte de' Galluzzi It can be accessed through a vault from Piazza Galvani, in front of the Archiginnasio. An area with strong Medieval tones.
Portico Walk to San Luca Walk through the historic 666 Porticos, leaving from the Porta Saragozza at the end of Via Saragozza.
University Quarter - Via Zamboni. Full of bars and cafés. The University of Bologna is Europe's oldest university, founded over 900 years ago.
Tower of the Asinelli & GarisendaPiazza di Porta RavegnanaHours: Open: daily, 09:00 to 18:00Price: 3 to climb Torre degli AsinelliThe 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 public)is 47 m (162 feet) tall and has a lean of over 3m (10 feet). Both were built in the 12th century.
Palazzo ComunalePhone: (0)51 203 111Piazza Maggiore 6. 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.
The Glossatori tombsPiazza San Domenico e Piazza MalpighiNamed 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.
St. Luke's BasilicaColle della GuardiaBuilt 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.
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.
Basilica of San PetronioPiazza MaggiorePhone: +39 (0)51 231 415Hours: Opening/Closing Time: Weekdays 9:30AM-12:30PM, 2:30PM-5:30PM; Holidays 2:30PM-5PMThe 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.
Basilica of San DomenicoPiazza di San Dominico,Phone: +39 (0)51 640 0411Hours: Open: daily, 07:30 to 13:00, 15:30-19:30
Sancturary of Saint Mariavia Clavature, 10Phone: +39 (0)51 236 245Hours: Open: M-Sa, 07:30-19:30, Su, 16:30-19:00This Church contains "The Lamentation", a life-size terracotta group sculpture, Renaissance masterpiece by Niccol Dell'Arca.
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)Phone: (0)51351280Via Irnerio, 42 . 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: (0)51 436 818. 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 GuastavillaniPhone: 051 239 660Via degli Scalini, 18 . Designed and built by Tomasso Martelli in the 16th century. Open: M-Sa - 08:00 to 14:00.
Villa SpadaPhone: 051 614 5512Via Casaglia, 1 . 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.
CertosaPhone: (0)514 12606Via della Certosa, 18, . Bologna's main cemetery, with beautifully carved tombstones, built over the ruins of an ancient Etrusan necropolis. Open: daily 07:00 to 18:00.

source: Wikivoyage

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