Piazza San Domenico

Piazza San Domenico: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bologna Theme Tour: the Oldest University in Europe

1. Bologna Theme Tour: the Oldest University in Europe

Take advange of this tour lead by an expert guide to visit one of the most beautiful (and rich in history) cities in all of Italy. This is not a common tour though, but a particular theme tour to discover the history of Bologna as the city where the first university of Europe was built. Bologna’s “Studium” or University was founded during the 11th century, being indeed the first university in Europe. You will see the monuments of the most illustrious professors of the Middle ages in Piazza S. Domenico and at the Museo Medievale (with their vivid bas-reliefs showing the professor teaching an audience of students). You'll also walk to The Archiginnasio Palace, the Renaissance Palazzo seat of the schools from the 16th to the 19th century, and its 17th Century Anatomy Theater decorated with wooden sculptures related to Medicine.

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What people are saying about Piazza San Domenico

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Our tour guide Laura was very knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about the history of Bologna and the churches and university buildings we visited. A particular highlight was the medical amphitheatre at the university. I highly recommend this your for anyone interested in exploring Bologna’s historical centre.

Franca was an incredible guide, and it was a pleasure spending my day learning more about Bologna with her. Thank you Franca!