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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna

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Address: Via delle Belle Arti 56, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 420 9411
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 19:30

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Limit yourself to the Giotto and the long gallery that follows.

Don't wear yourself with every picture! Look for Titian, Parmiginiano Cambiaso, and Costa Most important - Raphael.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bruce R
Braintree, United Kingdom
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Don't wear yourself with every picture! Look for Titian, Parmiginiano Cambiaso, and Costa Most important - Raphael.

Thank Bruce R
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Pinoteca Nazionale is a vast art gallery most notable for its pre- and early Renaissance religious paintings, including some stunning altarpieces aglow with gold leaf and vibrant reds, greens and blues. Proceeding through the galleries chronologically elucidates the transition from the flat, instructive style of Medieval ecclesiastical art to the more humanistic portrayal of individual character and complex emotions.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

I love the art gallery. It's never too crowded so it's possible to get some one on one time with the art works. A lot of the collection is religious art - which I love. If you look closely some of the Greek and Roman legends are represented as well.

Thank sscarllet
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Worth the visit for one room which houses the fresci from a church. The museum has replicated the church itself. The paintings are wonderfully alive.

Thank Mick B
Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

I learned of this place from Andrew Graham Dixon's "Italy Unpacked" (TV prog) and came especially to see Guido Reni's "The Massacre of the Innocents". The gallery contains works from the 14Century onwards and mostly by local artists but also including very important works from all over Italy. (It was originally founded alongside the original Art School in 1712) I... More 

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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The way the world is heading, it won't be long before every art gallery in the world has ultra-sensitive proximity alarms, jobsworth staff and a whole plethora of sensitive security measures - in order to “protect the art”. This draconian, (but understandable), attitude could be the death of galleries. I’ve had my share of wailing alarms and barked-out orders, when... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

If you are in Bologna, and if you have even the very minimum interest in Renaissance paintings, do not miss with very rich and well-organised collection of paintings from the 14th to 19th Century - the Renaissance section is the best represented, I think. You'll find works by very famous artists (Titian, Rafael), also Velasquez (this one might be temporary-... More 

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Lamia, Greece
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

must see gallery , masterpieces inside , renaissance and not only...10-15 minutes away from the train station by foot...

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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We visited as the Festival Internationale Di Fumetto was in town. A great space to exhibit the comic artwork plus all the usual religious works. Good value for 6Euro.

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Springfield, Missouri
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

Begins with the 11 or 12 Century and gets to 17th Century. Much religious art by masters - Caracci, Vasari, Reni, etc. Stunning canvases in a modern setting, not always lit to best advantage. A very fulfilling experience and would have been a loss to have missed.

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