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Bologna and its "scattered" University

The city of Bologna preserves the traces of past civilisations and the character of medieval splendour. Avidly visited by the Romantic writers and celebrated for the arts and culinary excellence, Bologna is animated by a cosmopolitan culture that is enriched by the presence of the University.
In its essence Bologna has remained a University city and to bear witness to its role in the city, the University has recovered many historical buildings using them as locations for study activities, starting from the complex of San Giovanni in Monte, Santa Cristina della Fondazza, Palazzo Hercolani in Strada Maggiore, Palazzo Marescotti Brazzetti in Via Barberia to conclude with the complex Manifattura delle Arti, just to name a few.
Please continue in the discovery of these prestigious Bolognese realities.

Complesso di San Giovanni in Monte

The San Giovanni in Monte Complex is a 16th century monastery building that still today overlooks the bordering portion of the old town centre of Bologna from the artificial "hill". Worthy of note in the refectory is Bartolomeo Cesi's fresco.

address: Piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 1/2 - 40100 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-5

Aula Magna di Santa Lucia

The church's origins date to the 5th century. After Napoleon's suppression, it was deconsecrated and used for other purposes. It was restored in 1998 and turned into a lecture hall of the University. The structure of refined elegance overlooks the picturesque parvis.

address: Via Castiglione, 36 - 40124 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-4

Complesso di Santa Cristina

The Santa Cristina Complex, convent of the Camaldolites restored in the late 15th century, surrounds the quadrangular cloister embellished with decorations. There are remains of frescoes attributed to the school of Lorenzo Costa in the old refectory, today a lecture hall.

address: Piazzetta Morandi, 2 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: E-6

Palazzina della Viola

Built at the end of the 15th century by Annibale Bentivoglio as a place of delight for his family, it was frescoed in the 16th century by Aspertini, Innocenzo da Imola and Prospero Fontana. The frieze with putti that runs around the hall is attributed to Nicolò dell’Abate.

address: Via Filippo Re, 2 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: B-5

Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi

It was built in around 1500 by Andrea and Giacomo Marchesi da Formgine. An old sculpture of Hercules by Giuseppe Mazza stands in the double portico courtyard with Doric columns. Several halls contain splendid tempera paintings by Antonio Rossi and Carlo Lodi.

address: Via Zamboni, 22 - 40126 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-5

Palazzo Hercolani

Started in 1793 by the Bologna architect Angelo Venturoli for the line of princes of the Hercolani family, it combines the baroque taste and theatrics of the last monumental grand staircase built in Bologna with the classical forms of 16th century architectural tradition.

address: Strada Maggiore, 45 - 40125 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: D-5

Palazzo Dal Monte Gaudenzi

Built in 1529 by Andrea da Formigine for Panfilio Dal Monte, the building boasts a sophisticate Renaissance Bologna style with its elegant loggia, Doric columns, porticoes, plaster decorations and works of art by Gaetano Gandolfi and Serafino Barozzi.

address: Via Galliera, 3 - 40121 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: C-3

Manifattura delle Arti

Manifattura delle Arti (Arts Factory) covers an area of 100,000 square m. It was the city's port between the Renaissance and the 19th century, and with its canals, it was also the mercantile and manufacturing heart of Bologna's economy until the end of the 17th century.

address: Via Azzo Gardino, 65 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: B-2