We went to the Museum of the City of Bologna yesterday, thinking that this would be a logical place to start in a planned survey of the city museums. I think we were right: the museum gives a chronological history of the city starting with the Etruscans and going up to the present, with some odd omissions (where was Garibaldi, did we miss his room?). We used the English audio guides, and there were summary sheets in English in each room (30 rooms or more), but the detailed wall texts were in Italian. Deciphering the Italian and standing to peer at all of the interesting pictures made us pretty tired by the time we got to the end. We took lots of pictures, of course, see below. Some of the things that interested me: the Etruscans, the rise and fall of Bologna's many towers and canals, the years of Napoleon's governance, and the puppets. There is also an introduction to the Bolonese dialect, with a video of two guys speaking it. It is VERY different from standard Italian!
I am posting a few pictures below. I got tired, and Nancy was taking better (and many more) pictures than I was. She may post more later. The tombstone, alphabet, and mushroomy-looking pot are Etruscan. Also, the puppets come off looking a bit creepy in the photo, but in real life they looked a lot more comical.