Bologna Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • mtvgb
    London172 contributions
    We really loved our visit here. We had previously been given some background information on our walking tour about the coats of arms and the history, and it was fascinating to explore it more closely . Both interesting and beautiful and a must see.
    Written March 13, 2022
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  • Teresa Silva
    49 contributions
    Huge Portico from the city up to the San Luca hill and church, around 4Km climbing. Anyway there is a small train departing from Piazza Maggiori that thakes you there easily. Wonderfull viwes from the top.
    Written April 27, 2022
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  • Briansky
    Toronto, Canada2 contributions
    It absoultely takes your breath away! After a seemingly endless climb, you will get the best view on the city. We visited this site on a tour, and I must say it was one of the highlights for us!
    Written November 9, 2020
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  • Hina colada
    Manchester, UK5 contributions
    Went yesterday, it was open and it was fantastic. A must see in this city! I'm a doctor in the UK and it was so interesting to see all the anatomy models- great revision for me and eye-opening!
    Written May 22, 2022
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  • Mike
    Atlanta, GA190 contributions
    A beautiful interior of a smaller church with a great dome, just steps from Piazza Maggiore. The church is free, but there is a cost for the associate museum.
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • Stephanie & Anthony
    Lincoln, UK526 contributions
    Its free so you can't give anything other than 5*, its quite a surreal place and very interesting. We just wish there was more information.
    Written September 28, 2020
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  • Zosia B
    Waterloo, Belgium1,188 contributions
    The cemetery is located a bit outside of town yet feels a world away. Behind the walls lies a serene green space filled with lush landscaping, imposing monuments and winding pathways. The graves vary from simple to majestic. Well worth a short visit when you feel the need to escape the usual tourist spots.
    Written December 12, 2018
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  • dalidude
    Breda, The Netherlands214 contributions
    The library is divided in 2 parts. The main library with the old books that is now used for seminars and as a museum. The second part where students can study. The place is well maintained and looks very impressive.

    Be sure to find the right entrance as google maps shows the wrong location. I do not know the address, but it's next to the square on Via Zamboni where you turn right next to the library building walking from square Maggiore to the Via Zamboni
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • nwaf247
    London, UK99 contributions
    If music is your thing this is a must see ... 10 rooms of fascinating historic items all fro a single collection. Allow 60 - 90 minutes.
    Written October 17, 2019
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  • Emilia C
    Bucharest, Romania57 contributions
    The details captured by the 18th century work of these specialists.. Is mind blowing. Some of the figures are difficult to.. See or forget. But they are definitely real, real cases, real diseases. They've tried to explain how the body functions, and how cringy some of the pathologies are. It's a small exhibition, if you are not in the medical world you might finish the visit in 30 minutes. But it is the perfect fit for anyone interested in how the body works, how we look like beyond the skin and how 18th century specialists made art out of the diseases while trying to learn as much as possible about the human body.
    Written February 13, 2022
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  • bas t
    Brussels, Belgium1,945 contributions
    this is all about the photo and it was a shame that the canal was not in full flow but still Worth the visit
    Written November 1, 2019
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  • Patricia G
    Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom161 contributions
    This was an excellent visit.
    No photos were permitted but cards of the frescoes can be bought. The frescoes are really beautiful. Although small it was a most worthy place to visit.
    A lovely older lady explained the life of Saint Cecilia and her husband. It was in Italian but very thoroughly explained.
    I really enjoyed it.
    Written October 23, 2019
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  • 10023mom
    New York City, NY93 contributions
    I've attended two tours of the Museo della Specola (once in Italian, once in English), and both tours were very interesting and informative. At the end of the tour, you climb to the top of the tower and see the most spectacular views of Bologna and the surrounding countryside.
    Written June 27, 2019
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  • adaniels83
    Leeds, UK345 contributions
    This would be lovely when the canal is full, however having visited today there is construction work ongoing at one of the buildings and as a result the canal has been drained, unsure how long this will go on for, but bear this in mind if planning a trip anytime soon.
    Written October 22, 2019
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  • dalidude
    Breda, The Netherlands214 contributions
    The museum is quite a display of history of the water powered machines all the way to the modern age. A lot of the displays show a beautiful open design to explain how things work. I enjoyed showing this to my daughter who thoroughly enjoyed the museum as well. A lot of the machines could be activated as well to see how they would work in real life.

    Unfortunately the 3rd floor was closed, but despite that it was well worth a visit to see the history of industrial bologna at display.
    Written January 15, 2020
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