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Laurentian Library

Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 210760
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Book Lovers' Delight

Although their isn't all that much to see in the Laurentian, book lovers, librarians, and others... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Anthony A
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A Very Special Place

Holiness of a different sort - this is a library designed by Michelangelo before the modern book... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
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+39 055 210760
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Although their isn't all that much to see in the Laurentian, book lovers, librarians, and others will enjoy the reading room and the display books. However, you won't see the massive working collection.

Thank Anthony A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Holiness of a different sort - this is a library designed by Michelangelo before the modern book. The atmosphere is amazing - anyone who loves reading and books will be mesmerized. Beware it is only opened in the morning and during the week - we...More

2  Thank Life-is-an-Adventure
Reviewed 27 March 2017

This was a professorial pilgrimage for me. I knew it was the first public library in the modern world, but could not have imagined the sheer presence of the place when I arrived. The catalogues are still on the benches, showing where the documents that...More

Thank VictorianDavid
Reviewed 23 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

1  Thank Rooindie
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We bought our ticket for the San Lorenzo complex for the sole purpose of seeing the Laurentian Library which we were advised by a friend was a must-see in Florence (we had already seen the basilica etc. on previous visits to Florence). Unfortunately, there is...More

Thank profecto
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Famour stairs at entrance to Library - beautfull and smooth. Lovely architecture - not on the regular tourist beat - and easy to miss - but don't!

Thank fortitudeX4
Reviewed 10 January 2017

This was such a pleasant surprise. Saw it in the guide books, but the visit far exceeded expectations. Wonderful story of its creation, the architecture and design from a guide inside the building itself. The windows, the ceiling and floors all very atmospheric. Well worth...More

Thank grs3101
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This library is beautiful. Tucked away on the second level of the cloisters of the Basilica di San Lorenzo, its stained glass windows flood light into the long reading room. Be sure to note that the carved wooden ceiling mirrors the floor design. Beautifully designed...More

Thank Sonja H
Reviewed 16 December 2016

This is NOT a modern library, but a beautiful example of what libraries used to be. Rows of carrels, with one huge book in each (how it used to be, not on display now). However, past the rows of seats, there are examples of ancient...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Michelangelo designed the stairs of this library and some of the interior. It is so beautiful. The ceiling has the Medici family crest. We spent quite some time here. It is to the left of the San Lorenzo Church. You purchase tickets at the same...More

1  Thank 1954WVGeorgiaPeach
San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind
stalls with an array of products in one of the most
traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different
ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor
market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a
vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to
fall in love with this area and in particular, with
its variety of food, especially those focusing on
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Is non flash phtography allowed ?
4 March 2015|
Response from BradJill |
Yes! We were able to take pictures within the Laurentian Library during our visit earlier this year.