A beloved Bologna icon, the university's best known building is an architectural and artistic treasure
Historic school days
Located in Piazza Galvani, the onetime main building and current library of the famed University of Bologna is typical of this city's most gracious traditional architecture, particularly for the arched galleries. The Archiginnasio was built in the 16th century under the auspices of Pope Pius IV and Cardinal Carlo Borromeo, and the walls beyond its porticoes both exterior and interior hold a rich collection of artworks of different periods as well as family crests of many of the illustrious students who passed through here. The interior cloister - site of various events - is also one of rare beauty.