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Industrial Archeology

Since the 12th century, Bologna had developed an artificial water system made of sluices, canals and underground pipelines, which were mainly used as power source for manufacturing activities. In fact, in the past Bologna was an important production centre in different fields, from the silk making to the mechanical engineering.

The historical evolution has made it possible to preserve this “memory” in some industrial buildings, which have now been turned into amazing and not-to-be missed museums and exhibition centres.

Cineteca di Bologna - Ex Manifattura Tabacchi

Cineteca di Bologna - Ex Manifattura Tabacchi

Cineteca di Bologna is located in the ex-Manifattura Tabacchi. Most of the activities offered by the Cineteca take place in Piazzetta Pier Paolo Pasolini, the area where the municipal slaughterhouse used to be, thus creating a kind of audiovisual “cittadella” (a little city): archives, Renzo Renzi library, the movie theatres named after the Lumière brothers, the recent homages to Mastroianni e Scorsese and some offices.

Manifattura delle Arti

Manifattura delle Arti

Manifattura delle Arti covers an area of around 100thounsands sq and at present, it is one of the most important cultural centres in Europe in terms of size and for the activities offered by the structures that compose it.

Salara

Salara

This building, known as Salara (the word “Salara” refers to the salt stored in the building in ancient times) was built at the end of the XVIII century and was originally used as a salt warehouse.