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San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection

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Address: Via Parigi 5, 40121 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 05119936366

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Gem of a building but alas no music

This little church has exquisite frescoes which are worth the entrance charge alone. The collection, mainly of keyboard instruments, with a few wind instruments, contains some... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This little church has exquisite frescoes which are worth the entrance charge alone. The collection, mainly of keyboard instruments, with a few wind instruments, contains some very beautiful and interesting examples. Other reviewers mention an interactive display where you can hear the instruments, but we must have missed this and it wasn't pointed out to us. We took the (free)... More 

Thank EllyMy
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're interested in musical instruments then you must visit this quirky little museum. Housed in a beautiful deconsecrated church (Bologna is full of them. Blame Napoleon) the building alone is worth a look. As others have said though, these instruments were meant to be played nit just looked at. At the very least the audio guide should have samples... More 

Thank IanW_Ealing
Bruges, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

In the oratorio of San Colombano, more than 100 instruments of the famous Italian organist/teacher Luigi Tagliavini found a excellent place. 90% of these instruments are early keyboard instruments (spinets, harpsichords, early pianoforte, clavichords, 2 or 3 organs) who are in a very good condition. Every instrument is really beautiful, historically very interesting, and ready to be playd on. (restaured,... More 

Thank stefan d
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Was hoping to go to the International Music Museum and library but the 'Map Reader' directed us to the Tagliavini Collection. €7. Make sure you get an audio set. A small but elegant museum of musical instruments, mainly harpsichords, spinnets and clavichords. All instruments work. Apparently concerts are frequently held where they play these instruments. Staff were very helpful despite... More 

Thank KathrynS400SA
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

If you are a musician or interested in music, you'll find yourself entranced by this fascinating collection, mostly of keyboard instruments. You can tour the collection and also listen to recordings of most of the instruments on an interactive display. We visited late on a hot afternoon; when I mentioned how I would love to play ALL the instruments in... More 

Thank Yog-Sothoth
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Lovely collection of beautifully crafted musical instruments, primarily in the harpsichord-spinet specialty. Lovely rooms, and a Roman ruin in the basement. However, it is paradoxical to have a museum where the guided tour audio has NO EXAMPLE OF ANY OF THE SOUND OF ANY OF THE INSTRUMENTS! You'd want to hear the sound from, for example a piano-spinet with GLASS... More 

Thank reneebe
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

In Italy you tend to find hidden gem done side and back street and this was one of them and to see beautiful old instrument was great and we were very lucky to be there whilst the was practise for a concert going on so not only got see the instrument being played and it got even better as we... More 

Thank brian k
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

So many keyboard instruments. Pianos and harpsichords from one person's collection. Definitely must see. Even had the tool to wind piano wire.

Thank MilesL44
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2016

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 bubbles 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 

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