Biblioteca Salaborsa, Bologna

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Inside an old cast-iron and glass stock exchange building, see Roman ruins under glass panels at Biblioteca Salaborsa. You'll see the ruins of a Roman road, the foundations of a 16th-century basilica, and the foundations of wells. Join a tour to go beneath the building to see the ruins up close. Make Biblioteca Salaborsa part of your personalized Bologna itinerary using our Bologna trip generator.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Curious meta, deserving of a trip to its composition in contrast between the exhibits and the new modern.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Retrofit example (the building was once a sports gym!), is a beautiful 3-story space that develops around a central atrium with natural lighting and glass floor showing ruins of other buildings. The Salaborsa library is a community space. Few tourists, which makes it more attractive yet. People of all ages spread by stories, reading magazines, studying and doing work. On the third floor I found a fantastic exhibition on urban development of the city of Bologna, with interactive space super interesting.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Worth stopping in. One of the loveliest and most interesting libraries I've even seen. They had a great exhibit of old movie posters in their main area when we were there. Very cool  more »
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  • Worth seeing the old stuff under the library.
  • Library worth looking into. Beautiful building that used to house the stock market (hence the name)
  • Enlightened library and fun to explore. A central city library that serves both locals and visitors to the city very well. Within the library complex are function spaces for meetings and events. The piano can be played from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm during the week when the library is open. NB the public toilet will cost you 50c downstairs.
  • I used to borrow CDs from here. I din't rip them at all because that would have been copyright infringement.
  • The library is fine if you wanna take a coffee or a snack, but not if you have some work to do. It's quite crowded since it's in a very touristic place and it isn't so easy to focus on what you're doing.

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