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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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Make sure you visit this in the morning,or after 3pm-6.30pm.It is located on the -01 floor of the library,and is free to visit. It has a description of what you are looking at in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure you visit this in the morning,or after 3pm-6.30pm.It is located on the -01 floor of the library,and is free to visit. It has a description of what you are looking at in English and Italian. The library can be found up the steps from the statue of Neptune.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

free entry as this is a working library. The main hall has some good architectural features and a busy coffee bar, You can see some medieval and Roman walls through the glass floor but go down stairs (to the left immediately after entering hall) turn right and actually walk through (or above) the remains (check opening times). Also make sure... More 

Thank priestfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Library is stunning and there is a glass floor that you can see the ancient foundations of the city. It is opaque so hard to see but you can go down on the catwalks to see it. Great combination! Public washrooms are only for library card holders for free....a lady sits there! So mean to not let someone go to... More 

Thank Sharon M
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a converted Commerce building. There is a transparent floor (bit murky in places) where you can see the original walls of the city. When we visited there were quite a few young children playing on the revolving chairs and fascinated by the floor.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Happiestonthemove
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 August 18, 2016 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.

Thank Jeff H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

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 July 29, 2016 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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