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Laurentian Library

Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 210760
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Elegant in its simplicity

A non religious architectural space highlighting elegance within the simplicity of its design. It... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2018
bikomigo
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Sydney
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
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Memphis, Tennessee
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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 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

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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

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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 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

1  Thank VictorianDavid
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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

2  Thank Rooindie
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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

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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!

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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

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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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