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San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection

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Address: via Parigi 5, Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 05119936366
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Amazing place!

I went there to see the frescoes and was totally surprised at the extensive collection of old pianos, pianofortes, etc. Even more surprised to find a free concert going on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went there to see the frescoes and was totally surprised at the extensive collection of old pianos, pianofortes, etc. Even more surprised to find a free concert going on featuring three of the old instruments. Great, unexpected find.

Thank kbyoga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The Tagliavini collection of music instruments in the San Colombano church is like jewels in a gorgeous box. The church is already well worth a visit all in itself, and provides a perfect backdrop for the exquisite instruments of the collection. The audioguide gives good information about both the building and the collection (available in Italian and English). The only... More 

Thank MariaCelina f
Leeds, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

This museum is a delight. Mainly a collection of keyboard instruments - spinets, harpsichords, pianos anda couple of organs, it contains a number of curiosities: I'd never heard of a folding harpsichord, for example, nor of a keyboard which combined piano and harpsichord in one. This instrument, and a number of others, can be heard via a video display near... More 

Thank UKDavidL
Eugene, OREGON
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I've read many enthusiastic reviews, and, as a keyboard musician, was expecting a lot. However, despite the relatively big number of instruments, there is not much variety. Many spinets, many harpsichords. Some rare items too, like the harpsichord/piano bundle, or the glass piano. There is a Viennese action piano available, but you can't see the mechanism. Overall, a dark place... More 

3 Thank skoteras
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Tagliavini's great harpsichord, clavichord, spinet, and piano collection, with instruments from the 1580s into the 20th century, is beautifully curated and exhibited. There are also some mechanical instruments, and a small exhibit of folk instruments. The main hall is the nave of the former church of San Colombano, but instruments are also in other spaces, including the beautifully frescoed oratory... More 

1 Thank kimibar
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122 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection | Bolognamagazine San Colombano is a church complex comprising a range of buildings aggregated over the centu ries starting from the VII cen tury. Recent restoration works is also going their

Thank kayyum r
Beckenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The visit to this little jewel of a museum was not on our priority list, but I am so glad we went! An immense collection of old and ancient instruments, mostly but not exclusively spinets, harpsichords and pianos have found a beautiful home in this former church. The audio guide (free with the entry ticket) was not offered automatically, so... More 

2 Thank HHenrike
London, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I agree with others that this is a gem of a museum. Both for mainly keyboard instruments and the frescoes. Get the audio guide - you can hear short pieces played on about 10 of the instruments on it -really brings it alive. Concerts are often on Sunday evenings - popular - book ahead. At first you think its just... More 

1 Thank patriciajhd
Montreal, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

What a beautiful collection of antique instruments. Upon entering this museum, I was so impressed with the pianos, harpsichords and other instruments that grace a large room- so enchanting The guides were very nice as we're those in the other state museums (Museo civico) that we visited. The only drawback is the lack of air condoning and no air circulation

Thank explorer044
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41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

A must for music lovers. this small but impressive collection of antique musical instruments is well\ taken care of and the curator is usually on hand to either play one of the instruments or answer questions.

Thank Maribel_BO

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