Sunday, September 8, 2013
In Bologna, near our hotel Albergo delle Drapperie, near the city's central piazza, Piazza Nettuno, during one of my morning walks, I passed by a building with an arched entrance and a lovely courtyard - Il palazzo dell'Archiginnasio.
After a little peeking, I realized that the building was open to the public so I explored the orderly courtyard, the arcade loggia and its endless hallways and corridors, almost entirely covered with ornate coats of arms and plaques.
After those overwhelming visual onslaught, it was quite a relief to see some less florid, more austere commemorations and I could start to pay attention to some of the details, without my eyes being distracted constantly.
There were few frescoes and their faded characteristics gave them a more authentic air than those exhilarating embossed coats of arms, paraded like fine dinner plates on some gigantic display cases.
I didn't have time to investigate if this institution hosted any galleries open to public; a brisk stroll along its much decorated loggias were quite amazing already.
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Label: Italy, Austria and Italy Trip 2012