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Biblioteca Malatestiana

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Address: Piazza Maurizio Bufalini 1, 47521, Cesena, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0547 610892
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An interesting place to visit

They claim (and have proofs) to be one of the ancient libraries in the world. The place is awesome, you may feel the culture in the heavy air you'll breath during the visit. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Marco R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They claim (and have proofs) to be one of the ancient libraries in the world. The place is awesome, you may feel the culture in the heavy air you'll breath during the visit. The visit is "short in time" but I would definitely suggest it

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Thank Marco R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Biblioteca Malatestiana is Cesena's jewel. If you visit you'll learn why, it's a place where you breathe time and the centuries before you. It houses a nice collection of bibliographic jewels and curiosities. If you're around it's a must to visit.

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Thank João P
Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

A history spanning over 550 years, in the continuity of the place, around the original heritage, under the control and care of the same municipal authorities make the Malatesta a unique library of Cesena.

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

If you are a history geek and/or book nerd, this place is somewhere you must visit if you are anywhere near Cesena! The oldest public library in the world will not disappoint! Entrance to the library is free, but to see the original area, which is gated off, is 5 euros for a ticket. Definitely worth it, in my opinion.... More 

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Thank Amy L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

A couple of things I wish I would have known before coming here: 1) It is on the 2nd flr of the current, modern Public Library 2) You can only just walk in the door; the reading desks and essentially the library itself is roped off 3) The "guide" is just the guy that opens the gate and the door... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

The oldest public library in the world. Well worth a visit. One absolutely must see the old reading room.

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Thank Don H
Cesena, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015

this is one of the most ancient and furnished library in italy. here you can definitely find everything you need. amazing

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2015

The place also known as the Malatesta Novello Library, is a public library It was the first in Europe, as civic library. They have amazing hand-written book collection. I had Ivan as a guide he was extremely good and very patience to respond my questions (even sometimes silly ones) He explained every detail of the place. If you visit the... More 

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Cesena, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2014

The first public library in the world,created by Malatesta family,over 500 years ago,a most evocative atmosphere,you can feel the monks leaning over codexes and miniatures.In summer the light filters thru greeny window panes creating mysterious reflections.If you are a culture vulture this is a rare gem for you

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

Great tour and ancient interiors on the guided tour. Ancient texts and history abound, as well as the architecture components throughout the building.That is history.

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