|The Anatomy Lecture Room, University of Bologna, Archiginnasio.|
It's possible to visit a building where classes were held from about 1563 until 1803, called the Archiginnasio - it was erected especially as a university building. It was severely bombed during WWII, but has been pieced back together. The students over the centuries left their coats of arms all over the walls of the corridors, stairs, porticoes and vaults, making a colourful panoply.
|Archiginnasio, Bologna. Tourists, not students, these days.|
|Colourful hallways of the old University.|
|Strangely appropriate figures in the Anatomy Lecture Room.|
|Remains, bombed in 1944. Before reconstruction, obviously.|
But perhaps the most famous alumni of Bologna University? It's hard to choose: Dante, Petrarch, Dürer, Goldoni...or one Nicolò Copernico. Read more of the history here.
|Medieval tomb with carved relief of a law class. Some things never change...|
Porticoes plastered with flapping papers advertising rooms for rent, English tutoring, political demos, books for sale; young people in grubby but lively bars and cafes, or sitting on the dirty flagstones (what's with that?) in Piazza Verdi. Bookshops everywhere. Yep, a modern university.
Università di Bologna is still going strong.
|Sitting on the ground, Piazza Verdi.|
|The modern University of Bologna.|