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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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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... read more

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars 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 

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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars 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.

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5 of 5 stars 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.

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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