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Laurentian Library

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San Lorenzo
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Address: Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
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+39 055 210760
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Mon 08:00 - 14:00
Tue 08:00 - 17:30
Wed 08:00 - 14:00
Thu 08:00 - 17:30
Fri 08:00 - 14:00

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Going to add libraries to all my travel itineraries from now on- great history, atmosphere and guide

This was such a pleasant surprise. Saw it in the guide books, but the visit far exceeded expectations. Wonderful story of its creation, the architecture and design from a guide... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This was such a pleasant surprise. Saw it in the guide books, but the visit far exceeded expectations. Wonderful story of its creation, the architecture and design from a guide inside the building itself. The windows, the ceiling and floors all very atmospheric. Well worth a visit

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This library is beautiful. Tucked away on the second level of the cloisters of the Basilica di San Lorenzo, its stained glass windows flood light into the long reading room. Be sure to note that the carved wooden ceiling mirrors the floor design. Beautifully designed by Michaelangelo.

Thank Sonja H
Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

This is NOT a modern library, but a beautiful example of what libraries used to be. Rows of carrels, with one huge book in each (how it used to be, not on display now). However, past the rows of seats, there are examples of ancient books, some small and some larger. The carrels themselves have text on the ends, showing... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Michelangelo designed the stairs of this library and some of the interior. It is so beautiful. The ceiling has the Medici family crest. We spent quite some time here. It is to the left of the San Lorenzo Church. You purchase tickets at the same place as you do for the church tour.

Thank 1954WVGeorgiaPeach
Ronneby, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 353 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

I was under the impression that I was going to see a grand library with plenty of books but ended up seeing something else. A beautiful stair by Michelangelo up to the library followed by an impressive reading room with a tiny library attached on the side. If there hadn’t been a souvenir shop in the library – the room... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

When you walk through the isle between rows of desks where the book were one bound using chains you can imagine the hundreds of intellectuals walked through this library. you can see some of the manuscripts on display which were hand written.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

I loved the site of this library and it's a fascinating visit, well worth it. However I was there near closing and the lady in the bookshop was totally unnecessarily rudely pushing all then visitors out. It is not that hard to say nicely that it is closing. Don't work in tourism if you hate people!

1 Thank Alyssa D
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

The Laurentian Library is the most historic library in Florence and contains more than 11,000 manuscripts and 4,500 early books. The entrance location is in past where you get your ticket for the Basilica di San Lorenzo Di Firenze on the opposite side of the cloister. You need a separate ticket for this attraction and if you choose to can... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

3 euro well spent. Beautiful space and a bonus traveling exhibit of manuscripts from the 11th to 13 th century. It's a quiet respite from the madness that can be Firenze in June and well worth the visit. Check out the stained glass windows and the mosaic floor. It's well worth an hour or two.

1 Thank bkbrake913
Braintree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana. Walking up those stone stairs a reminder goes through your head of the number of people, over the centuries, that have done the same thing. Entering the first room you are hit by the ceiling, wonderfully carved wood. Under your feet, don’t walk on it, a beautifully tiled floor. The wooden benches that, again over the centuries,... More 

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