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Biblioteca Salaborsa

Piazza Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy (Santo Stefano)
051 2194400
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Ranked #14 of 134 Attractions in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
Owner description: Salaborsa is the Bologna city multimedia and general information library, which every day provides users of all ages with books, newspapers,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Barcelona, Spain
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91 reviews 91 reviews
33 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The building itself is amazing, but please consider the library as well: well stocked, beautiful places to sit down and silence. There are different spaces where to just read the newspaper, read a book or read a fairy-tale to your child.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
38 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is right by the main square so it is easy to stop in for a quick visit and the operative word is "quick." There is a small area of Roman ruins, but they are very difficult to see from the main floor. Although the library itself looks interesting, there is little else for a traveler to see or do.... More

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

There is not much to see in the bibliotecca other than a small area of roman ruins. The building itself is big and interesting and houses the Bologna library

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Istanbul, Turkey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

You can see the ancient history litterally below your feet. Nice biblotheca and cultural center. Its an inspiring place.

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Alphen aan den Rijn
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64 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The three hour walk that is described on the map of Bologna that you can get for free at the tourist office at the Piazza Maggiore, takes you there. It's well worth the visit, although the glass floor is so scratched it's hard to see the remains of the old city.

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Montreal
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

A nice public library with an interesting basement. A few tiles on the ground floor are made of glass to allow one to see some archeological ruins beneath. You're better off going downstairs and pay the paltry entry fee to see the ruins up close. Overall, an ok place to visit - not a "must-see"

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Como, Italy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Worth going down for a look, especially since the glass floor panels were so dirty u cant see thru them!

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London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I got the impression from some reviews that this was a must-see place, but was rather disappointed. It's more for city-dwellers I should think than visitors. all sorts of libraries - for Bambini, adolescenti etc, and a part glass floor so you can see ancient Bologna underneath, but the facilities are aimed at locals and the coffee-shop I thought not... More

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NJ
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623 helpful votes 623 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Bologna's central library has been housed in the Salaborsa, just off Piazza Maggiore at the Neptune statue since December 2001. Under the crystal floor of the covered square, a platform that is suspended both in space and time guides us along a stimulating stroll through history. The Roman basilica's foundations and walls were created during the 16th century. Next to... More

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Bologna, Italy
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

You can't miss it, the stairs in front are always crowded with people, it's one of the central meeting spots in town. In summer it's a place to cool down and relax, in winter it's like a piazza inside. The bar provides coffee and snacks (fair prices) and a sitting area, upstairs you can read internarional newspapers. It's a building... More

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