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Teatro Anatomico

Piazza Galvani, 2, Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
39 051276811
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Ranked #7 of 132 attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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127 reviews 127 reviews
58 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

fantastic place to visit - the home of human anatomy. To stand where those students stood and think what they learned is amazing. fantastic woo carving - especially when you realise it was ruined during the War and later rebuilt.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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12 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

I was expecting more based on the reviews. It is a very historical room and is nice to look at, but I was disappointed that you had to pay €3. It's just a small room where they used to teach anatomy by dissecting cadavers. The carvings on the ceiling are neat. But, again, I was just expecting more. The literature... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

I had wanted to go here since seeing a TV documentary it featured in. It was amazing, as is the whole building. Lucky students to be able to study in such a beautiful place (lecture halls elsewhere in the building are still in use today). Do go and see it. Entrance just 3 Euros

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