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Laurentian Library

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A gem

A stately entrance designed by Michelangelo is followed by a reading room that feels like a chapel... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Toronto, Canada
Designed by Michaelangelo

Well worth a visit to see the beautiful staircase,the reading room,wooden ceiling and original... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Brisbane, Australia
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Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Biblioteca Laurenziana is an important historical library situated within the grounds of Basilica di San Lorenzo. You can visit it as part of your visit to the basilica or separately to see exhibitions held here. Opening hours 9.30am to 1pm Monday to Saturday but closed...More

5  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

No library in the library – really. There is a promotional picture showing a library – when I asked where that was I was told they just used it for the picture! I find this perplexing, as there were other features inside that were promo-worthy,...More

2  Thank Rooindie
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A stately entrance designed by Michelangelo is followed by a reading room that feels like a chapel, the light on both sides is filtered through numerous stainglass windows bearing the Medicci coat of arms. The books and manuscripts on display are stunning. How can one...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit to see the beautiful staircase,the reading room,wooden ceiling and original flooring. I purchased some gifts from the store inside. Spent around an hour here.

Thank BrisbaneBetty
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Lovely, old and beautiful Medici’s library, you cannot miss. Perhaps no wonder it’s beautiful as it was designed by Michelangelo. The black stairs in particular is an essence of renaissance style. In the basement is a little museum containing impressive pieces of art. It is...More

Thank kwiewiorowski
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We went here when there was another event going on, so it cost 3 euro/person to get in (and you have to get in line with everyone else for the regular exhibit). The library itself is small, but the reading room is pretty cool. I'm...More

Thank Monica M
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Everyone wants to see the steps, and they are good, but the desks and ceiling in the library itself are outstanding. All were designed by Michelangelo. A temporary exhibit of writings by women, going back to medieval times, was open while we visited. Some beautiful...More

Thank rondi3
Reviewed 8 July 2018

I am a bit of a sucker for libraries at the best of times. What was so delightful here is that it just felt like the gift that keeps on giving ... assuming you are book-ish nerd like me. Michelangelo's design is perfect -- the...More

1  Thank SyrinxSounds
Reviewed 25 June 2018

I really wanted to see the staircase, and it did not disappoint! One of Michelangelo's rare times he used local building materials and not Carrara marble. He originally wanted to make it out of walnut like the reading desks, but the minks objected because the...More

1  Thank Valerie V
Reviewed 11 February 2018

A non religious architectural space highlighting elegance within the simplicity of its design. It was high on my architect husband's bucket list, the steps the leader into a peaceful room with good use of light to warm and inspire. Unfortunately the rotunda could only seen...More

1  Thank bikomigo
Reviewed 3 October 2017

For those of you who want to experience the first bit of anthropomorphic architecture, this is the place. The terrific guide, stationed at the door, described the experience as walking from the darkness of ignorance (the stair entry hall) to the light of knowledge (the...More

2  Thank Jill B
Reviewed 28 August 2017

The library consists of two rooms: The entry and the reading room. The entry, perhaps, demonstrates Wilde's: Nothing succeeds like excess. I don't know if it is a joke, a fantasy of a building or something else but I certainly find it fascinating. A very...More

2  Thank johndt41
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Roxanne S
3 May 2016|
Response from Nerdella |
The monumental Area is open from monday 'till friday : 9,30 - 13. Ticket fee is 3 €
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5 March 2015|
Response from BradJill |
Yes! We were able to take pictures within the Laurentian Library during our visit earlier this year.