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Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna

Via Zamboni 35, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 243420
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This is a university divided into halves. The left side is the law university. The right side is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Santa Barbara, California
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For all the book lovers

What an extraordinary place, beautiful interiors and this atmosphere of being a very important... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
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Via Zamboni 35, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 243420
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a university divided into halves. The left side is the law university. The right side is for medical students. The first in Italy. The anatomical theater is where interns would learn the human body by dissecting corpses - but only in winter months...More

1  Thank EDD1967_83
Reviewed 13 May 2017

What an extraordinary place, beautiful interiors and this atmosphere of being a very important place on the Planet Earth. And when you think that on this corridors were waking al fathers of modern thinking, people who've shaped modern world and humanity... Do nit skip this...More

Thank flyinghen
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A real gem and not really touristic. You can just walk in and get a look. It is a stunning old library that left me speechless. Awesome!

1  Thank Brigitte K
Reviewed 6 March 2017

A peek at era long gone, how well organised, what an atmosphere of study and the past. It must have been a privilege to study there and know you were part of such an elite.

Thank Harriet169
Reviewed 1 December 2016

It is impressive how well all the premises in Bologna are well kept. You can enjoy the student atmosphere of the town.

Thank Mario44globetrotter
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We visited the university as it is the oldest in the world (1088) and I am a part-time academic. It was a fantastic place to visit and was utterly inspiring. It is a short walk (0.6km) from the hotel Corona D'Oro and was well worth...More

Thank Stevan J
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is the oldest functioning university in Europe....it was truly spectacular to see the thousands of volumes of books....the history, the architecture and details.

Thank rmody26
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Not specifically open to the public but if you ask you can often have a quick look, go to the office in No 35 on the via Zamboni. Still in ujse but very beautiful

2  Thank wasjet
Reviewed 3 September 2016

we walked thru a door asked someone if we could look around he pointed up the stairs we walked up and found a gentlemen talking to an american guy we were invited into the old library which was just amazing and he gave the 3...More

1  Thank thommoAustralia
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I always love libraries and this one is amazing. The architecture and details are absolutely amazing. Our guide provided us with a personal experience and the details of the history of the library and books gave me chills. (What can I say, I love books).

Thank Zosia B
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julia a
Was it a private guide you hired to see the library? I want to take my daughter, 15 years old, to see it in July, but i can't find information on tours anywhere. let me know. thank you!
8 May 2017|
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Response from Mario44globetrotter | Reviewed this property |
I do not know whether there are tours: A friend took me there, showing the university of Bologna. For sure there you can find the secretary which can answer to your questions.
Can you just walk in to the library to visit or do you need to have a guide?
28 October 2016|
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Response from NHSDteacher | Reviewed this property |
You need a guide. If you are able to prevail upon their kindness, you have a good shot.
I've heard bologna is a neat little university town, but can be pretty dead once school lets out. I was planning on going around mid-may. Does anyone know if students will still be around?
20 March 2015|
Response from StefanoR70 |
Except august (and maybe late july) Bologna is everithing but dead, mid may it's perfect to get around
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