Palazzo Poggi

Palace in Bologna

Three university museums are housed inside this 14th-century palace. At Museo di Palazzo Poggi, you can peruse waxwork uteri in the Obstetrics exhibition, giant tortoise shells in the Natural Sciences collection and impressive exhibitions dedicated to ships and old maps, military architecture and physics.

At the guided-tour-only Observatory Museum (adult/reduced €5/3), you can climb Bologna's first tower built for scientific study (as opposed to defences), which was erected in 1726. Reserve ahead for three daily tours Tuesday through Friday (10.45am, 12.15pm and 3pm) and two on weekends (11am and 3pm). The free European Student Museum (MeuS) covers student life from medieval times to the 1960s.