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Bologna: Guided Archiginnasio Visit with Food Tasting

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A guided tour of the Archiginnasio, commissioned by Cardinal Borromeo between 1562 and 1563 and designed by architect Antonio Morandi. You will encounter all of its prominent rooms and hallways, before enjoying a traditional meal in a local "Osteria".
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Duration 1.5 hours
Starting times 10:30 AM, 4:00 PM
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English, French, Italian
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Walk through the Archiginnasio
  • Encounter the Mercato di Mezzo
  • Enjoy delicious local food and wine
Full description
The Archiginnasio Palace was constructed between 1562 and 1563 as desired by the Papal Legate of Bologna, Cardinal Carlo Borromeo and Vice-legate Pier Donato Cesi. It was a project of Bologna's architect Antonio Morandi, titled Terribilia. The purpose of this operation during the cultural climate of the Council of Trent was to give a unit seat to the university teaching before being dispersed through various other seats.

The external portion of the palace is presented by a long portico of 30 arches, and is pronounced in two internal floors around a central courtyard with a double order of loggias. Two grand staircases lead to the floor above that presents 10 scholastic lecture halls (which are unfortunately not able to been visited as they hold the principle book deposits of the library), and two home-lecture halls located at the two ends of the building. There is one hall for the artists (which is today a reading Hall of the Library) and one for the Legisti (ancient law students), titled Sala dello Stabat Mater.

The sides of the rooms, the vaults of the grand staircases, and the open galleries are decorated with inscriptions and monuments commemorating the masters of the ancient university, as well as thousands coats of arms and students' names. At the conclusion of your visit, you will be invited to a typical Osteria to try a tasty bolognese "Ranocchi" accompanied by mortadella and tigelle, and partnered with Emilia-Romagna wine.
  • Tickets for the anatomic theater
  • Tour guide
  • Food and wine in Osteria Ranocchi
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

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• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility

From US$ 54.66 per person

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Product ID: 252607