Biblioteca Capitolare
Biblioteca Capitolare
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Saturday
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Situated right next door to the Duomo, the Biblioteca Capitolare is the oldest continuously working library in the world, founded 1600 years ago and home to the "Veronese Riddle", the oldest written phrase in the Italian language. Scholars from around the world visit the Capitolare to study the only existing copy of the classical Roman law in the Institutes of Gaius (5th century), and the oldest known copy of the “De Civitate Dei” by St. Augustine. Walking through the cloisters you will follow in the footsteps of Dante, who spent time here while composing some of his famous works. Also on display are rare historical objects and works of art. A guided tour offers an in-depth look at ancient Verona.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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JRMADA
United States3,377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We’ve been to a few medieval libraries in the UK and Europe and all are beautiful, but this is the only one where the books are within reach. Not that this is an invitation to handle them, but they are not locked up as if forbidden objects like in other libraries. This library has one of the first if not the first printed copy of Dante’s Devine Comedy printed in Brescia in 1487. We went in on a Friday at opening hour (2:30PM) and had the library all to ourselves for about 20 minutes. If you can get a guided tour and a bit of history, do it as it will be an even better experience. There is a little museum that is part of the entry fee (a bargain at €5.00 per person for both library and museum) that has a few paintings and interesting objects, and the cloisters. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Tickets are sold on site and they take cash or credit card.
Written October 31, 2022
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XmenMom
Detroit, MI84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Solo
This is not on the usual tourist circuit, and I am afraid if I write too glowing of a review it might end up there! I went initially to find a copy of a print that is in the apartment I am renting here, but found so much more! This is a beautiful, grand, very old library that was once a scriptorium dating back to 700ad. It was bombed in World War II and has been completely restored. The charming little old Italian lady works (?) there started giving me a full tour and was eager to share the history with me. She filled the language gaps with pictures to help connect the dots. One of the things she showed me was a manuscript of a truly ancient "Padre Nostro" or "Our Father" and pointed out how it was written in gold so the text is still visible. It is an amazingly interesting place that I would like to learn more about.
Written September 26, 2012
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Judith C
San Francisco, California, United States20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
Verona is a small city and is quite walkable, with discoveries in every block and plaza. However, in the summer, days can get quite hot, and the usual outdoor dining provides little respite from the heat. What many travelers have yet to discover are libraries, those cool, quiet havens of mental discoveries in restful surroundings. often including a cafe adjacent or even inside. The Biblioteca Capitolare is just such a place, within a block of the thronged Plaza Duomo, but not part of the crowded circuit. There are other libraries in Verona, even in some of the older hotels. Seek them out.
Written September 15, 2015
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TravelDocKleen11
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
An impressive collection of books, manuscrpits etc, at one of the world's oldest libraries. I liked the smell of old leather and paper. Staff were helpful, and knowledgeable. Awesome to have seen Dante's Divine Comedy. Makes one sit and think of today's world of Kindle and IPads.
Written November 24, 2012
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,856 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Really pretty building. I liked the architecture and the garden in the center of the building. Really nice
Written September 19, 2020
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SNH Tours
Nottingham, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
The oldest library in the Latin world. Pretty battered by the USAAF in the closing days of WW2. Beautiful restoration work makes it a real joy to visit. Cool in all senses of the word
Written September 7, 2019
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Marina R
Rome, Italy284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Extremely interesting visit to a great treasures of humanity. The oldest library in the world. Incredible pieces to be viewed. Very competent young stager spoke for over and hour!
Written May 23, 2019
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