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San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection

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Amazing collection of harpsichords and organs in a very old church

This was the highlight space of our trip to Bologna. The collection is a preciious jewel in a very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Spectacular collection of musical instruments and fascinating building

This is a must for anyone interested in music and the history of keyboard instruments. The museum... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 13 June 2013

I hadn't intended to visit this museum but since it's part of the Bologna Welcome Card (saving 10 euros!) and it was close to the Museo Civico Medievale which I really wanted to see and finally because TA reviewers loved it, I decided to go....More

4  Thank AnnArborMHT
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Reviewed 10 March 2015

I've read many enthusiastic reviews, and, as a keyboard musician, was expecting a lot. However, despite the relatively big number of instruments, there is not much variety. Many spinets, many harpsichords. Some rare items too, like the harpsichord/piano bundle, or the glass piano. There is...More

3  Thank skoteras
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was the highlight space of our trip to Bologna. The collection is a preciious jewel in a very very old church with interesting frescoes. We heard a concert demonstration of several of the instruments, bringing alive musical history.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had high expectations of a museum devoted to keyboard instruments in Italy (since there was precious little otherwise), but the security staff completely killed our enjoyment. To be clear, both my partner and I are former violinists with the UK's BBC orchestras (plus a...More

Thank Simon L
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This is a must for anyone interested in music and the history of keyboard instruments. The museum also has a wonderful concert series that features the instruments from its collections. A charming neighborhood, close to the City's Medieval Museum. Have lunch at Trattoria San Pietro...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

We were in two minds about visiting the Tagliavini Collection at San Colombano, we are so pleased we did. Beautiful well preserved instruments displayed in a stunning setting. The frescoes in this restored former church are superb.

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

Went there for a free organ concert on a Saturday afternoon. Beautiful old musical instruments (pianofortes, organs, clavichords, spinets, and others) (the Tagliavini Collection) still in good working condition. Some beautiful frescoes can be seen in the chapel. Could return and see the whole Tagliavini...More

Thank A Y
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed visiting this lovely museum which is housed in a super restored chapel. The instruments on display show amazing craftsmanship, but what is sooooo disappointing in not being able to hear what they sound like - such a shame to see such superb...More

1  Thank WorldTravellerTony
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This extraordinary place is not just for those who love music, but for everyone who has any appreciation of history. The space itself is beautiful and is often the venue for wonderful concerts. However, it is the collection of instruments and the way in which...More

Thank Kathryn150
Reviewed 19 March 2018

A must see on the Museum list. Excellent examples of keyboard instruments through the ages. Staff helpful, and informative. The Church setting was as equal in its history.

Thank quilter48
Reviewed 27 September 2017

I spent the most amazing hour and a half at this wonderful museum, looking at and hearing played instruments from the early 16th to the early 20th century (and a couple of reproduction numbers, including one 2015 copy of the 16th century harpsichord it was...More

Thank LindyTay
Reviewed 21 July 2017

This collection houses some very old and important musical instruments. You don't have to be musical to appreciate the art work of the cabinets of the harpsichords. Set over a few levels so there are some steps to navigate. There is a life but not...More

Thank Christine A
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