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Museo Storico del Soldatino

All Kinds of Toy Soldiers

Even if you aren't a keen collector, this, the one and only museum of its kind in Italy, is fascinatingly quirky. Located since 1974 in the handsome neo-Palladian Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati, it has soldiers made of lead, plaster, wood paste, and more, many set up in little battlefield dioramas; the oldest go back to the early 19th century. Among the earliest and rarest is the Papal Army of 1820 made (not unlike the real Papal Army) of painted cardboard.

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Via Toscana 19 (Bus 13)

Hours Wed & Fri 3.30-5.30pm, Sun 9.30am-12.30pm. Closed Aug.

Adm Free


+39 348 4718138

Bologna Museums and Galleries

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Aussie