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“Fascinating excavations of Salaborsa”

Biblioteca Salaborsa
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Bologna's central library has been housed in the Salaborsa, just off Piazza Maggiore at the Neptune statue since December 2001. Under the crystal floor of the covered square, a platform that is suspended both in space and time guides us along a stimulating stroll through history.

The Roman basilica's foundations and walls were created during the 16th century. Next to the basilica's foundations are remains of an ancient road pavement dating back to the Augustan age. You can also see to creek water wells that were intended to serve the city's inhabitants.

Between 1883 and 1886 a pavilion in cast iron and glass was built, which still stands today, in its original layout that is illuminated by a skylight. In the 1920's, the municipal government authorized the use of Salaborsa as a bank for 50 years to re-embrace the city's past as a center for business transactions and exchange.

No fee for admittance, just a donation for restoration.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

You can't miss it, the stairs in front are always crowded with people, it's one of the central meeting spots in town. In summer it's a place to cool down and relax, in winter it's like a piazza inside. The bar provides coffee and snacks (fair prices) and a sitting area, upstairs you can read internarional newspapers. It's a building full of history: the glass tiles in the floor show the relics of a palazzo in roman times, the building you see now was constructed as the stock market, before it was converted to the main public library of Bologna. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Great architecture and whilst we were here an interesting exhibition of documents regarding a woman doctor in the 16c

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Right in Piazza del Nettuno and in front of the famous fountain you have this library that is one of the focal points of the cultural atmosphere of this beautiful town. The library is open to the general public in various way: one can access it for free, read books and magazines there with no need to become a member, and also have access to the multimedia library, with audiobooks, CDs and movies. It's a great place to study, read for pleasure and even grab lunch or a cup of coffee at the bar in the ground floor. Don't miss the guided tour through the underground part of the library, it's not up every day, so make sure you're in town during the days that this visit can be made.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

spend my days in it just to read or to smell the atmosphere during my research in Bologna. Missed it so much

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