San Colombano is an ecclesiastical complex composed of different buildings joined over the centuries dating back to 610ad. It houses Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini’s collection of ancient musical instruments. Tagliavingi was a famous musicologist and musician who was born in Bologna and who is now internationally renowned. The collection is composed of harpsichords, spinets, pianos, clavichords, numerous wind instruments and different mechanical musical instruments. Most of them are very rare and unique pieces, with decorations that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and are still functioning. On the third floor is located Oscar Mischiati’s Library, that includes more than 10 thousand volumes belonging to the musicologist, after whom the library was named. Apart from this collection, San Colombano also contains “La Gloriosa Gara“, a series of fresco paitings created by Carracci’s best apprentices.
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