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Address: Piazza Galvani 2, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 39 051276811
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Body study

It's worth having a quick look round this fine building, the walls of which are studded with student coats-of-arm. Inside is the Teatro Anatomica (entrance fee: 3 euros) once used... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's worth having a quick look round this fine building, the walls of which are studded with student coats-of-arm. Inside is the Teatro Anatomica (entrance fee: 3 euros) once used for dissections. Handsome pale wood plus some sculptures (including skeletally-thin male nude). Anyone interested in anatomy should also visit Museo di Palazzo Poggi and, nearby, the hard-to-find Luigi Cattaneo Anatomical... More 

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited as part of a city walking tour. The guide gave a history of the building which was most interesting. The wood carvings were spectacular too.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The intricate wood paneling and statuary take you back centuries but the general design of the room reminded us somewhat of a lecture theaters we had encountered (admittedly quite a few years ago). It was easy to imagine seeing the body on the slab and the students peering down. The walk through the corridors also passed some very old libraries.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit Well worth the visit even if I put down my Bologna book on a seat & then left without it. 10 mins later it had disappeared.

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Mo i Rana, Nordland, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really where anatomy began in a scientific sence. The room is amazingly beautiful, all in wood. Except the marble bench in the centre of the room. A must-see in Bologna at the main building of the world's oldest university.

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to the Teatro is well worth half an hour of anyone's time, for a chance to experience what the pioneers of medicine must have felt like. The theatre is so atmospheric, and actually visiting when it is crowded is a great way to feel like a student, with everyone sitting on benches around the central operating table. Information... More 

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oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very grand room and a marked contrast to the functional spaces of modern scientific laboratories. The carved statues of famous classical medics and of skinned bodies are interesting but I found the room had far less atmosphere than the much smaller steeply raked anatomy room in Padua where you can really imagine the packed room with students... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

4 of us visited the Archiginnasio Palace and this was a highlight, although the 2 12 year old children found the history of the anatomical theatre a bit gory as it was where anatomy was taught by dissecting dead bodies on the marble slab in the centre of the room. Today it is beautifully finished in wood walls, with incredibly... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So cool and easy to imagine an anatomy lecture from 250 years ago. Also make sure to visit the old library on the same floor. These 2 attractions were the highlights of Bologna for us

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You feel like a medieval student there! You feel the ancients are still alive there! Absolutely adored it!

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