About us

A scattered museum

To better describe and understand the “genus” and stock of the Bolognese people from yesterday and today, Genus Bononiae. Museums in the City follows a path through the city and narrates its history, life, arts and dreams; it uses the streets of Bologna as corridors and the buildings and churches as rooms, blending into the existing institutional structure, and ensuring a full link with other museums, art galleries, as well as the other cultural, economic and social initiatives which animate the local community.

Fabio Roversi-Monaco
President of Genus Bononiae. Museums in the City

Genus Bononiae itinerary

Genus Bononiae. Museums in the City is a cultural, artistic and museum itinerary, created by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna. It is composed of historical buildings, right in the centre of Bologna, that have been restored and are now open to the public.

The buildings

Palazzo Fava. Exhibition Centre

It hosts in the marvelous rooms of the first noble floor the cycle of frescoes realized by the young Carracci. This constantly evolving expositional complex also houses important national and international exhibitions.

Casa Saraceni

Historical residence of the noble Saraceni family and an important building of the Bolognese Renaissance, it is today a versatile exhibition centre and also home of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna.

Palazzo Pepoli. Museum of the History of Bologna

Heart of Genus Bononiae, it is a dynamic and innovative museum itinerary, dedicated to the history, culture and transformations of the city. It is an astonishing multimedia and sensory journey through 2500 years of history.

Art and History Library of San Giorgio in Poggiale

Realized inside a 16th century church, it preserves the huge patrimony of books and photographs property of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna. It also contains some precious works of art and is often used for cultural exhibitions and events.

San Colombano. Tagliavini Collection

Frescoed by the Emilian masters of the 17th century, it hosts the inestimable Collection of antique musical instruments of the Maestro Luigi Tagliavini. It includes more than 90 instruments that are still functioning and are regularly played during the concert season.

Church of Santa Cristina

The Church houses some artworks by the Carracci and the only two sculptures ever realized by Guido Reni. It is mostly used as a privileged concert venue.

Monumental Complex of Santa Maria della Vita

It contains the most famous terracotta sculpture group of the italian Renaissance, the Compianto sul Cristo morto realized by Niccolò dell’Arca.