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San Michele in Bosco complex

St. Michael in the Woods complex

Via Pupilli, 1 - 40136 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 6366705 (info generali) - +39 051 6366315 (biblioteca)

Reference maps: N-10

Date of last update: 17/02/2020, 12:36

The Church of San Michele in Bosco is an imposing architectural complex comprising the church and adjacent former convent of the Olivetans. It is placed in one of the most panoramic locations in the hills surrounding Bologna and its courtyard is a magnificent terrace overlooking the city and the plains as far as the Alpine chain.

The church is of ancient origin but was rebuilt several times. In addition, the complex was used for various purposes over the years: it served first as barracks and then as prison during Napoleonic times, it later became a villa for the Papal legate and later still residence for the King of Italy. What is more, near the end of the 1800s, the complex became the seat of the Rizzoli Hospital complex, where the great orthopaedic specialists of the Institute are still buried.

Inside the church, in the presbytery, the door on the right leads to a long corridor of the ancient convent known as the “Telescope” (il Cannocchiale) as, thanks to an optical effect, it seems as if you are touching the Asinelli Tower.

The complex also houses the Centro Putti and the Central Library (Biblioteca Centrale), named after King Umberto I, one of the most complete and rare existing library collections in the orthopaedic field.

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it


by car: ring road exits n. 1-2 direction city center.

by car sharing: you can reach your destination by yourself with Auting, a peer to peer car sharing service. Let’s search for the car that best suits your needs on auting.it  get in touch with the owner and let’s start your trip!

Church: every day 8 am - 12 pm and 4 - 6 pm. During the religious services, the tourist visit could be limited or suspended. (Tours to the historical complex by appointment: tel +39 051 6366705 after 4,30 pm or mail to: angelorambaldi.campanile@gmail.com).
Umberto I Library
: Monday: 10 am - 5.30pm; from Tuesday to Thursday: 10 am - 2.30 pm; Friday: 10 - 1.30 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm (only the first and fourth Saturday of the month); closed Saturdays in Summer. Holiday closing: August and Christmastime. For groups, please send email to biblioteca@ior.it - to Dr Tomba - Dr Vigano’

Putti study > visited only by appointment requested by email to biblioteca@ior.it to Dr Tomba - Dr Vigano’.
Admission min. 5 people, max. 15
Historical/artistic contacts: Dr Patrizia Tomba and Dr Anna Vigano’ Tel. 051/6366315 -  051/6366192

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