Evidence that this city is an important university hub is everywhere. Buildings celebrate the arts and sciences that are taught within their walls. When traveling for any extended period of time, you will eventually have a few days of rain. This happened to me in Bologna – but again, I was lucky as I was still able to go out and do what I wanted to do, despite the weather, while not getting wet – God bless porticoes! Just a word of warning though – the marble flooring can get very slippery when wet, so tread carefully!A rainstorm is the perfect time to do a little shopping!In-between the spurts of rain, I got back out to explore the city.With a program that focuses on mainly new Italian theater pieces by young playwrights, the Teatro delle Moline, founded in 1973, is housed in Palazzo Bentivoglio, which was built in 1552.The ex-church of San Giorgio in Poggiale is now the home of the Art & History Library.The Museo Civico Medievale, housed in Palazzo Ghisilardi, is a perfect way to spend an hour or two, especially on a rainy day! Set on three floors of the building, this is a rich collection of art, which helps visitors to understand the history of the city that surrounds them. Among the treasures displayed here are funerary monuments dedicated to the professors of the University of Bologna. These are beautiful pieces of art, and should be seen!The Oratorio di San Colombano Collezione Tagliavini is a little known museum, not far from the Medieval Museum. It houses a collection of musical instruments – all of which are still played today. The space also includes the magnificent Cappella della Madonna dell Orazione. By the end of the day, the sky had cleared a bit, and the sun began to shine through.
Next up: a fun filled last day in Bologna!
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