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Laurentian Library

Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 210760
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Remarkably coherent style and beauty

Everyone wants to see the steps, and they are good, but the desks and ceiling in the library itself... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
rondi3
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Ottawa, Canada
The Gift That Keeps on Giving

I am a bit of a sucker for libraries at the best of times. What was so delightful here is that it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SyrinxSounds
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Everyone wants to see the steps, and they are good, but the desks and ceiling in the library itself are outstanding. All were designed by Michelangelo. A temporary exhibit of writings by women, going back to medieval times, was open while we visited. Some beautiful...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a bit of a sucker for libraries at the best of times. What was so delightful here is that it just felt like the gift that keeps on giving ... assuming you are book-ish nerd like me. Michelangelo's design is perfect -- the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really wanted to see the staircase, and it did not disappoint! One of Michelangelo's rare times he used local building materials and not Carrara marble. He originally wanted to make it out of walnut like the reading desks, but the minks objected because the...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

A non religious architectural space highlighting elegance within the simplicity of its design. It was high on my architect husband's bucket list, the steps the leader into a peaceful room with good use of light to warm and inspire. Unfortunately the rotunda could only seen...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

For those of you who want to experience the first bit of anthropomorphic architecture, this is the place. The terrific guide, stationed at the door, described the experience as walking from the darkness of ignorance (the stair entry hall) to the light of knowledge (the...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

The library consists of two rooms: The entry and the reading room. The entry, perhaps, demonstrates Wilde's: Nothing succeeds like excess. I don't know if it is a joke, a fantasy of a building or something else but I certainly find it fascinating. A very...More

1  Thank johndt41
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

The Reading Room feels like you are with scholars from the past. It is a long rectangular room with a beautiful wooden ceiling. You walk on a rug which protects the mosaic floor. So wonderful to experience. The room uses existing light just like when...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Although their isn't all that much to see in the Laurentian, book lovers, librarians, and others will enjoy the reading room and the display books. However, you won't see the massive working collection.

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

This was a professorial pilgrimage for me. I knew it was the first public library in the modern world, but could not have imagined the sheer presence of the place when I arrived. The catalogues are still on the benches, showing where the documents that...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

No library in the library – really. There is a promotional picture showing a library – when I asked where that was I was told they just used it for the picture! I find this perplexing, as there were other features inside that were promo-worthy,...More

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The monumental Area is open from monday 'till friday : 9,30 - 13. Ticket fee is 3 €
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Yes! We were able to take pictures within the Laurentian Library during our visit earlier this year.
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