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Bologna: Audio-Guided Archiginnasio Visit with Food Tasting

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Activity provider: BOLOGNA TOUR

Bologna: Audio-Guided Archiginnasio Visit with Food Tasting

Activity provider: BOLOGNA TOUR
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Enjoy an audio-guided tour of the Archiginnasio, commissioned by Cardinal Borromeo between 1562 and 1563. Discover all of its prominent rooms and hallways, before enjoying a traditional meal in a local "Osteria".

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Italian, English
Audio guide included
Italian, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the Archiginnasio Palace made by architect Antonio Morandi
  • Walk through the open galleries with its inscriptions and monuments
  • Enjoy delicious local food and wine in a typical Osteria
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
  • Audioguides, headsets, and easy-to-follow map
  • Food and wine in Osteria Ranocchi
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Live tour guide
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Pets

Know before you go

  •  This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
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December 22, 2019


Getyourguide offers qr code to access the same audio guide present for free inside the Archiginnasio. In the latter there is also a link to very effective explanatory videos. I was not interested in tastings, they were not the reason for my choice. In summary, if you are only interested in visiting Archigginasio, you just need the entrance ticket, with which you have an audio and video guide available

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Product ID: 252607