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Biblioteca Salaborsa

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Address: Piazza Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051 2194400
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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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Not an ordinary library

This library is not just a library, it's an important historical spot. Excursions to visit its undergound are available.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This library is not just a library, it's an important historical spot. Excursions to visit its undergound are available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can stop in real quick and just look through the glass floor at the ruins or actually go tour them.

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Devon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Salaborsa is a beautiful building, the focal piece of which is the central hall, with balconies and balustrades over a glass floor. Beneath this glass you can see the original Roman streets, and can take tours of these ruins at certain times throughout the day. The library itself is average, with a decent enough range of books and periodicals.... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for warm places to shelter away from the freezing cold or just want to sit and relax for a bit, this place will do. Its a public library and a historical building too.

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Gent Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

When in Bologna, don’t miss the cultural heart of it. The Salaborsa is a beautiful and original building, but is also so much more. You can see the Roman ruins under your feet (and also visit them for free). You can stroll around the library rooms that are full with all kinds of local people or just enjoy the atmosphere.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

It's great that the city of Bologna provides such wonderful and free sites for tourists to enjoy. The library itself is a beautiful mix of older aesthetics and modern sensibilities. And it's really cool to see the ruins underneath when you walk in over the transparent portions of the floors. However, some of the panes were scratched over (probably due... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

If you are in the area, stop by for 5 minutes, but I didn't see anything that would warrant longer time being spent. Inside main hall has a lovely ceiling, overlooking the glass floor so you can see the ancient ruins beneath. Unfortunately the glass floor is so marked up, you can barely see most areas.

Thank sweet27sweet
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We heard from our hostess about the public library and its excavated ruins visible from the glass floor as well as by stairs to the site. This is a beautiful library well used by area individuals. We went down the stair to see the actual ruins, and the guard let us in, despite the fact that a lecture for a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This building is great. Go inside and look up and be amazed by the ceiling. Look down (and go down) and see the 'old Bologna' fra 200 BC. All those layers of building techniques are amazing. Even better its all free!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

You have two options with this, either you can look down on the dig through the glass floor or you can walk round it on gantries in the basement. We chose the latter but as only a few people are allowed in at a time and we didn't realise a tour group was in we had to wait a long... More 

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