(Via Nazario Sauro, 20/2)

The Art and History Library at San Giorgio in Poggiale, which was designed by architect Michele De Lucchi, hosts the vast collection of art and history books of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, as well as an important newspaper and periodicals library and a rich photographic archive. The reading room houses works by Claudio Parmiggiani – “Campo dei Fiori” and the last monumental “Delocazione” –, as well as Piero Pizzi Cannella’s Cattedrali cycle. Conferences and cultural events are also held at San Giorgio in Poggiale.

(Piazzetta Morandi, 2)

Inaugurated and opened to the public in 2007, the Church of Santa Cristina houses a rich art collection and sets out to become a privileged centre for music, each year running a calendar of unique musical events from October to May, each one performed by outstanding musicians. The Church is also home to the Schola Gregoriana Benedetto XVI, which aims to promote the knowledge and dissemination of Gregorian chant. The school is directed by the Olivetan monk, don Nicola Bellinazzo, who also teaches liturgy to promote the understanding and interpretation of Gregorian chant.

Sala della Cultura
(via Castiglione, 8)

The Heart of Genus Bononiae. Museums in the City, Palazzo Pepoli is a museum and cultural itinerary dedicated to the history, culture and transformations of Bologna, from the Etruscan “Felsina” to our times. The various ups and downs of the local community are narrated here in an innovative fashion using striking interactive display techniques that are largely unknown in our country. The splendid backdrop of the medieval building, reinvented, restored and set up by Mario Bellini, with the graphic design of the architect Italo Lupi, make a visit to the Museum a unique experience. The twelve female protagonists of the City History are a frame of the ancient dance hall of the Palace, today Sala della Cultura.

(via Castiglione, 36)

This is the Aula Magna of the University of Bologna; the origins of the church go back to the 5th century. The Jesuits enlarged and embellished it, making it their own seat since the 16th century, with the adjacent convent, and in the 18th century the building was reconstructed on the model of the Roman church of Jesus by the architect Girolamo Rainaldi. After the Napoleonic suppression, it was deconsecrated and devoted to different uses, until the restoration of 1998, which devoted it to the actual use. In the chapel dedicated to Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, there is the altar projected by Alfonso Torreggiani, placed there in 1763. The elegant architectural structure exposes on the square (church’s parvise) and is strongly suggestive.


(via de’ Chiari, 25)

The Aula Absidale of the Santa Lucia complex was designed for different uses in the past, and it is part of the Bolognese University; it is the location dedicated to conventions and concerts. Its main nave has over 100 seats, while in the apsis there is a wide amphitheatre room. The Architect Roberto Scavannini oversaw the huge restoration of the complex, which was finished in 1998 and brought back the building to its ancient radiance.


Giorgio Prodi Hall
(piazza San Giovanni in Monte, 2)

In the heart of the monumental complex of San Giovanni in Monte, there is the prestigious “Giorgio Prodi” lecture hall, a place of amazing historic and artistic value. The place can host cultural and formative activities in a unique and elegant frame, in a place that in the past was the Lateral Canons’ refectory, on the backdrop of the marvellous 16th century fresco of Bartolomeo Cesi.

Anatomical Theatre
Stabat Mater lecture hall
Società Medica Chirurgica of Bologna lecture hall
(piazza Galvani, 1)

The monumental 16th century building of Archiginnasio is one of the most meaningful palaces of Bologna. It was built in only one year and half between 1562 and 1563, and in the pope’s intentions the “new schools’ building” or Archiginnasio had to join and dignify the several University schools of the city, to give importance to the Bolognese studies in the face of the competition with the new European University centres. The palace is irregularly built on the previous structures, and moves around a central courtyard with a double loculus order and is enriched with vaults, stairways, arcades and architectural elements of a great value. The two rooms that will host the events of the Festival of Medical Science are the two original lecture halls that were attributed to the Artists and to the Jurists.


Podestà hall
Re Enzo hall
Atti hall
Quadrante hall
(piazza Nettuno, 1)

Palazzo Re Enzo was built in the 14th century immediately after the Palazzo del Podestà, and it was called originally New Palace to distinguish it from the latter; its function was new indeed, since it had to include the widespread representatives of the people. It became later the forced house of King Enzo of Sardinia, son of the Emperor Frederick II, who, captured during a war, was imprisoned there for 23 years, until his death. The Palazzo was rebuilt and restored several times, and it is one of the most important venues of the city. The crenelated profile of the building faces Nettuno Square and bears witness to the splendour of Bologna during the Middle Ages.

Wax Museum “Luigi Cattaneo”
(via Irnerio, 48)

The normal and pathological human anatomy collection of the Museum shows the path followed by 18th and 19th centuries medical sciences scholars who, after having acquired all the knowledge about the real nature of the human body, would start to study its diseases.
The wax sculptures, natural and dried bones are an important material with valuable didactic purposes that completes the 18th century normal anatomy collection of the Palazzo Poggi Museums, representing thus a continuum in the medical research stranding out in Bologna between the 18th and the 19th centuries.