Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Italy  /  Emilia-Romagna  /  Province of Bologna  /  Bologna  /  Miscellaneous  /  Biblioteca Salaborsa

Biblioteca Salaborsa, Bologna

4.5
#10 of 228 in Things to do in Bologna
Library Traveler Resource
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.
Create an itinerary including Biblioteca Salaborsa
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
857 reviews
Google
4.6
  • Under a glass floor and down below is an archeological dig with walkways and explanations in English revealing construction from 750 BC !  more »
  • Fantastic library - and civic meeting space, Under the glass floor you can see (and then visit the excavations of Roman and Medieval Bologna. Free to visit - Donation asked for to go to the ruins in t...  more »
  • This is certainly unlike any library I've ever seen! It has a great open center with a cafe and very interesting seating. The floor is transparent and so you can see the excavations below. Even cooler...  more »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Bologna

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Bologna

Famous for its hospitality, Bologna boasts an impressive selection of hotels that range from old-fashioned establishments with top-hatted doormen, to boutique hotels and affordable hostels. For a sumptuous stay near the center of Bologna, explore one of the city's luxury B&Bs. Offering more than just a warm meal and a comfortable bed, these B&Bs offer spacious living areas spread over several levels, with private rooftop patios and shady terraces. More affordable yet equally convenient, family-run inns offer comfort and tranquility minutes from the city's main attractions.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Bologna by other users

36 days in Italy, France & London BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in Italy, France & Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Bologna BY A USER FROM EGYPT August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Bologna BY A USER FROM BELGIUM September, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Italy BY A USER FROM GREECE September, kids, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Emilia-Romagna BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Italy BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Italy BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans