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Biblioteca Salaborsa

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Address: Piazza Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 219 4400
10:00 - 19:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 20:00
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Salaborsa is the Bologna city multimedia and general information library,...

Salaborsa is the Bologna city multimedia and general information library, which every day provides users of all ages with books, newspapers, magazines, videos, cds, data banks, along with cabled and and wi-fi internet connections. Access to the library is free. To take advantage of certain services it is necessary to register and show the membership card.

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The biblioteca is worth a visit but this review is about the café in the basement. Warm and welcoming, packed with locals. They have a great choice of snacks, lunches etc all at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kincardine, United Kingdom
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Kincardine, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The biblioteca is worth a visit but this review is about the café in the basement. Warm and welcoming, packed with locals. They have a great choice of snacks, lunches etc all at reasonable price. It also a great place to sit and people wstch.

Thank OldScotsBloke
Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Biblioteca Salaborsa, in the very centre of Bologna, well deserves a visit. Its interior is beautiful, inviting to a prolonged stay. In fact, this is a living library, with plenty of seats and space for reading and studying. There are even a number of rooms of different sizes that can be reserved for small groups to work together. In fact,... More 

Thank Bongarfo
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Massive Library with unique construction and glass flooring. Very active through out the day and very Picturesque from inside

Thank Prajwal_Ullal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is a communal building with 3 floors. It is actually a library but has a lot to offer. You can easily find free city-wifi there. And of course under the floor you can see the original remainings from roman times. I didn't walk down the basement but even from the top it is pretty charming.

Thank Erhan Y
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Worth a look, especially with Bologna being the seat of the oldest university in Europe. Love seeing libraries, etc. in other places. p.s. good bathrooms for ladies too!!!!! (also you can find a good one on the third floor of Coin!)

Thank riff-raffkind
Valencia, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a lovely building with an extensive exhibition on the top floor about city projects. But it is difficult to see one of the most interesting parts, the Roman remains beneath the ground floor, because the glass surface is so badly damaged and we were told that we could only visit the remains on a few days in the... More 

Thank Goldilocks26
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This build contains the floor of the old stock exchange with the old trading floor now an open space. Underneath is the excavated part of the medieval city which is worth visiting. There is a cafe, a library but more importantly, a very clean public toilet which costs €1.50 to use.

Thank Michael-Newbury
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I was really impressed by the whole package in this building - a good cafe, beautiful ceiling and architecture, and the ruins under the glass floor. Definitely worth the visit.

Thank martyvana
Sutton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Well worth a visit, the Biblioteca is so much more than just a library - it's a meeting space, there's a great restaurant and apparently there even used to be a basketball court right in the centre (you can still see the markings on the floor in places in the central atrium) There are Roman ruins below it, which were... More 

Thank PRFluffy
Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We had read about this place and intended visiting but when we did go we only saw the ruins from above. In some places visibility from the glass floor was poor and we missed the signage to go downstairs to see the ruins. Our fault, but disappointing

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