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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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Salaborsa is the Bologna city multimedia and general information...

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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Roman ruins under a beautiful building

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
maryfort c
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

yes go into this space, was a stock exchange now a wonderful community library. Underneath is an excavation of roman and medieval ruins

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Casale Monferrato, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

If you're visiting in the center of Bologna, especially in the summer, Salaborsa could be the place for you to freshen up. It's air-conditioned space with books, coffee shop, and free wi-fi. Up to the top floor, there's an urban exhibition about Bologna and also the temporary exhibition space. Underground floor is a place for the ancient archaeological site of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

It's always great to find something free to do in a city. Go inside and look down when you walk on the glass floor to see some excavations. The Café inside is very nice for a quick drink. Inexpensive, too. The library is a great place for children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

A really unique presentation (and location) for viewing archaeology. Take note on=f the opening days and times however, we had several wasted attempts to see this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This place has been a Stock exchange center, one century ago, and it's still luxurious and refined as it had to be at the time for this purpose. At the closure of the Bologna Stock Exchange it knew other uses (also a gym) before being shut down until, a few years ago, it was renovated as a huge library-cum-cafeteria, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

You can learn a lot about the history of Bologna. It is not only a library it is a museum as well, under your feet there is the living history.

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