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Biblioteca Salaborsa

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Address: Piazza del Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051 2194400
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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Library? Archeological site? BOTH

What a fabulous library and what a wonderful chance to step back in time. Below the glass tiled floor of this beautifully renovated / constructed library are the ancient Roman... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
James R
Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were not sure how to go down and the view from the top was not very clear.... Wish we had gone down,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a fabulous library and what a wonderful chance to step back in time. Below the glass tiled floor of this beautifully renovated / constructed library are the ancient Roman foundations of the city. Living, visible history. Either walk and view the foundations below your feet or (better) go down a floor to walk among the ruins with the glass... More 

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Opole, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibit and tour illustrate the history of one place in Bologna from Roman times through the Renaissance to modern times. Instead of burying the past, the architects incorporated the various foundations into a display in the library's basement. You can really see how one is built on the next.

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This structure is both a library (with particularly pleasant reading rooms), an archaeological site (the underground is a palimpsest of the city's past, since the Roman times onwards), an architectural monument of the late nineteenth century (with its metal and glass spans, aimed at that time to accommodate the commercial trading, and reminiscent - for example - of some Viennese... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in here for a short visit since we were passing and it was a lovely open and light space. Like a modern library but, under the glass floor, evidence of historical building remains which our boys found enthralling. A cafe within this space too, but we didn't use it. Lovely unusual chairs in which to sit with the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like libraries you'll love the atmosphere of this one. Little study spots everywhere, and a cool combination of classic and modern interior design.

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Hastings, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This brilliant conversion of a wing of the historic Palazzo d'Accursio (Court House) into a modern public library and community information centre would be attractive enough on its own - it provides access to a world of literature and excitement for the next generation of Bolognese citizens in a highly attractive early 20th century conversion with frequent cultural exhibitions (an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We visited during a hot day in Bologna and it offered a nice relief from the heat. It's free entry to the library and to the underground works showing the original foundations of the building. A quick visit 30-45 minutes.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

The idea was to display remains of an old city under a glass floor of an working library, unfortunately the glass tiles are so shabby now that you hardly see the treasure

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

The building inside is a very beautiful. It is a public library for citizens. In basement there are some ruins, the top floor has a exhibition of city planning; it is free and very much worth a quick visit.


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