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San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection

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Address: Via Parigi 5, 40121 Bologna, Italy
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Great collection of Musical Instruments

Well worth visiting the very interesting collection of mostly keyboard instruments. There are about 80 instruments from Tagliavini Collection and all are kept in playing order... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2017
Claudia N
Dunstable, Massachusetts
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Dunstable, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Well worth visiting the very interesting collection of mostly keyboard instruments. There are about 80 instruments from Tagliavini Collection and all are kept in playing order. The frescos in the former church are outstanding. I wish we could have heard some of the instruments and we missed by a few days a performance that was going to be given. The... More 

Thank Claudia N
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 December 2016

We came across this by chance, it was well worth a visit even for people without a great interest in old musical instruments. Interesting and well restored building with interesting decorated walls and ceilings. The instruments are very beautiful, pity there were no concerts while we were in Bologna. The small English Guidebook was a few euros and good value.

Thank 122Nick
Valencia, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is a fascinating collection of beautiful instruments and a very interesting building to explore. We did hear some of the instruments being played via an interactive screen near the entrance but it's a pity you can't hear all of them. Still, we enjoyed our visit and would recommend it for people with even a little interest in the history... More 

Thank Goldilocks26
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

This little church has exquisite frescoes which are worth the entrance charge alone. The collection, mainly of keyboard instruments, with a few wind instruments, contains some very beautiful and interesting examples. Other reviewers mention an interactive display where you can hear the instruments, but we must have missed this and it wasn't pointed out to us. We took the (free)... More 

Thank EllyMy
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

If you're interested in musical instruments then you must visit this quirky little museum. Housed in a beautiful deconsecrated church (Bologna is full of them. Blame Napoleon) the building alone is worth a look. As others have said though, these instruments were meant to be played nit just looked at. At the very least the audio guide should have samples... More 

Thank IanW_Ealing
Bruges, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

In the oratorio of San Colombano, more than 100 instruments of the famous Italian organist/teacher Luigi Tagliavini found a excellent place. 90% of these instruments are early keyboard instruments (spinets, harpsichords, early pianoforte, clavichords, 2 or 3 organs) who are in a very good condition. Every instrument is really beautiful, historically very interesting, and ready to be playd on. (restaured,... More 

Thank stefan d
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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Was hoping to go to the International Music Museum and library but the 'Map Reader' directed us to the Tagliavini Collection. €7. Make sure you get an audio set. A small but elegant museum of musical instruments, mainly harpsichords, spinnets and clavichords. All instruments work. Apparently concerts are frequently held where they play these instruments. Staff were very helpful despite... More 

Thank KathrynS400SA
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

If you are a musician or interested in music, you'll find yourself entranced by this fascinating collection, mostly of keyboard instruments. You can tour the collection and also listen to recordings of most of the instruments on an interactive display. We visited late on a hot afternoon; when I mentioned how I would love to play ALL the instruments in... More 

Thank Yog-Sothoth
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Lovely collection of beautifully crafted musical instruments, primarily in the harpsichord-spinet specialty. Lovely rooms, and a Roman ruin in the basement. However, it is paradoxical to have a museum where the guided tour audio has NO EXAMPLE OF ANY OF THE SOUND OF ANY OF THE INSTRUMENTS! You'd want to hear the sound from, for example a piano-spinet with GLASS... More 

Thank reneebe
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

In Italy you tend to find hidden gem done side and back street and this was one of them and to see beautiful old instrument was great and we were very lucky to be there whilst the was practise for a concert going on so not only got see the instrument being played and it got even better as we... More 

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