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Laurentian Library

Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 210760
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Can steps spill into a space? Michelangelo says yes!

For those of you who want to experience the first bit of anthropomorphic architecture, this is the... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Jill B
Memphis, Tennessee

The library consists of two rooms: The entry and the reading room. The entry, perhaps... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
New York NY
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Reviewed 3 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

Thank Jill B
Reviewed 28 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
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

Thank mrsaintmarteeen
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.

Thank Anthony A
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Holiness of a different sort - this is a library designed by Michelangelo before the modern book. The atmosphere is amazing - anyone who loves reading and books will be mesmerized. Beware it is only opened in the morning and during the week - we...More

3  Thank Life-is-an-Adventure
Reviewed 28 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

Thank VictorianDavid
Reviewed 24 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

1  Thank Rooindie
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We bought our ticket for the San Lorenzo complex for the sole purpose of seeing the Laurentian Library which we were advised by a friend was a must-see in Florence (we had already seen the basilica etc. on previous visits to Florence). Unfortunately, there is...More

Thank profecto
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Famour stairs at entrance to Library - beautfull and smooth. Lovely architecture - not on the regular tourist beat - and easy to miss - but don't!

Thank fortitudeX4
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...More

Thank grs3101
San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind
stalls with an array of products in one of the most
traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different
ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor
market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a
vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to
fall in love with this area and in particular, with
its variety of food, especially those focusing on
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5 March 2015|
Response from BradJill |
Yes! We were able to take pictures within the Laurentian Library during our visit earlier this year.