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Biblioteca Estense Universitaria

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We saw a copy of a bible of Borso d'Este

Actually it was a copy of the bible but we could actually read it, touch it, just amazing pictures... read more

Reviewed May 31, 2019
Stresa, Italy
Exquisite Borso D’Este Bible

This unassuming library on the first floor of the Palazzo die Museum houses one of the marvels of... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2019
Nicholas H
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Reviewed May 31, 2019

Actually it was a copy of the bible but we could actually read it, touch it, just amazing pictures. We were amazed.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile

This unassuming library on the first floor of the Palazzo die Museum houses one of the marvels of bibliography: the two volumes of the Borso D’Este Bible, a 15th century bible which is the only example where every page is illuminated. And what extraordinary work...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed November 17, 2018 via mobile

Hidden on the first floor of the massive Palazzo dei Musei is this university library that housed the most important medieval manuscripts and codexes. This was the library for the dukes of Este, dating back to 14th century. In one of the rooms was the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

If you have any interest in our old world this is the place you must try to see. It even has one of the Gutenberg Bibles which is fully enclosed in a temperature/humidity enclosure that raises and lowers into a safer safe. Every so many...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Lynne C
Reviewed May 27, 2017

When we arrived to visit this incredible library we were the only visitors; in fact the two precious books which make up Borso d'Este's Bible had to be removed from a safe and put in their glass cases for our viewing. The art work and...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Una H
Reviewed March 26, 2017

The Biblioteca Estense Universitaria sits in the Palazzo Estense on a pretty, triangular park. Charles found the biblioteca a bit disappointing, because it isn’t a handsome library with desks for reading and shelves lined with books. Instead, it’s a medium-size room with any valuable old...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

Rarities you can hardly see...the oldest maps and the manuscripts... breathtaking experience not only for experts. Everybody should visit this famous Library!!

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed April 17, 2016

We were lucky enough to get to see an exhibit of ancient maps, early books and richly decorated bindings.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed August 5, 2015

We visited specifically to see one of Italy's great treasures, the illuminated Bible of Borso, the first Duke of Ferrara. It is only visible to see on request, but the staff were delighted to bring it for us to see. There was a fascinating display...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Ted L
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