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Teatro Anatomico

Piazza Galvani, 2, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
39 051276811
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Ranked #6 of 134 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

3 euros gets in you in to the theatre and the library. The theatre is very cool and you can age what it would have been like watching an autopsy there. We went on a Sunday but got there for a number of your groups. There seemed to be an abundance of your groups around the city. The key is... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Part of the University of Bologna & one of the earliest anatomy dissecting rooms. Wonderful wood panelled walls & ceiling. Very interesting glimpse into early medicine. Very reasonable entrance charge - just a few euros. Highly recommend a visit.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A part of the University of Bologna, some of the earliest scientific explorations as to how the human body worked were done in this theatre. The theatre itself was completely rebuilt after being bombed during WW2. A really interesting place to visit with only a nominal entry charge. The anatomical theatre is part of the Archiginnasio of Bologna. It is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is quite a find as there are not too many of the anatomical theatres left. This is a place where students of medicine used to watch dissections of the human body but is decorated in an ornate style more befitting a stately home than a lecture theatre. The room is situated in a much larger building which is also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was well worth the 4 Euro entrance fee. The wooden anatomical carvings and design of the room were fantastic! The law school lecture room was also interesting, and we spent an hour or so on the grounds. I will visit it agin when we return to Bologna.

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Los Angeles, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
62 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful hand carved wood dissection room built to rival the one in Padova. The carved sculptures where the lecturer stands is supported by two figures that show the muscles in an anatomically correct way. The famous men on the wall are all historic figures in health and medicine. I find it hard to believe you could learn anything about... More

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Timisoara, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I can honestly say this was maybe the most interesting thing seen in Bologna, for me, as a doctor, that is. It can bring up nice memories, and being surrounded by the sculptures of all those men that had an impact on Medicine, has a nice feel to it. After walking in the sun, this was like an oasis, to... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Lovely detailed carving, leaflets available in English explaining all. You can sit on the lower benches and take it all in.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

As others have pointed out, it is easy to expect more - then you will be disappointed. It is one impressively decorated theatre, actually rebuilt since it was bombed in 1944. Still worth the visit and 3euro entry fee, but if you miss it it's not a disaster.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I visited during a hot day in summer with a group of art history students and our professor as acting guide. She explained the history of the room as an autopsy arena: They would operate on people with the surrounding benches packed with onlookers and candles lighting the room. There would be incense burning to detract from the smell of... More

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