Malatestiana Library, Cesena

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Malatestiana Library, a historic library in Cesena, is famous for being the first European civic library, meaning that it belonged to the community rather than the church. Constructed in the mid 15th century, the building is the only example of a perfectly preserved humanist monastic library. As you walk into the main aula, you will have the impression of being in a basilica, with three naves divided by rows of white stone columns and 44 Venetian windows that let in light. Continuing to the library, you will see over 400,000 books, including 340 codices and 3,200 16th-century manuscripts. A 40-minute tour will guide you through this historic building, and includes a visit to the aula, a historic reading room, and the Pope's Library. Before you head to Cesena, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cesena online day trip planner , to make sure you see all that Cesena has to offer, including Malatestiana Library.
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  • An interesting collection of illuminated books. An Atlas of the known world in 1400. Connected to the c library is a small archaeological museum.
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  • Example of big cultural vision of yesteryear admirably preserved. Should be an obvious choice to visit such a masterpiece for the inhabitants of Romagna and tourists visiting the Adriatic coast. Example of large opening enlightenment achieved by noble families of the time. To see!!
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  • Revisited in company and I confirm: not to be missed! A real treat, a jewel that warms the soul The guide, very skilled and motivated, is an added plus.
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  • 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 and plays the "history" off his phone in whatever language you request That being said, even though I was a bit disappointed in experiencing the library itself, it was still a major book/history nerd moment to even be there. To see the old reading alters with the manuscripts still attached with the original chains and the two keyed door that was also part of the original library, still standing just as they 550+yrs before; it was actually surreal to process. And the fact that I had it all to myself, (I lucked out as it was just me and the guide) made it all the more special! There is a large room adjacent to the library hall where some of the previous popes' personal collections as well as manuscripts from the early 1400s-1600s and old medical, botany, and other scientific books from the 15th century on, are encased. You can also walk around the enclosed bookcases and see some of the old books throughout the collection, which is extremely impressive! For me, however, the smell was the most intoxicating part of the whole experience. The smell in the ancient reading hall, and the smell in the book museum. That old, earthy blend of vellum, antique inks, and timeworn leathers was ethereal and well worth the 5 euro price of admission! I had specifically come to Cesena to visit this library and was only there for just over 2hrs as a detour on my way to Rome from Venice; it took me longer to travel there than time spent! But, it was so worth the visit to experience such a venerable and only humanistic-conventual link to the past. That, in and of itself, was worth the effort! Tip: Unless you are part of a pre-scheduled tour group, you will need to purchase a ticket and request a guide from one of the receptionists in the unmarked office behind the wood door immediately to your right as you come up the stairs to the second floor.
  • Amazing! Go around sunset if you can the atmosphere is surreal you can almost imagine what it was like when it was opened.
  • The library is a real treat in Cesena. Offers a variety of services including consultation papers and magazines, borrow a huge amount of books, DVDs and watch them on site. In addition, it is possible to study or read in its many locations. Recommend the visit in the heart of the library to give you enjoyable anecdotes and stories of this centuries-old library.
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  • After several unsuccessful attempts I finally managed to visit the library, with the winter schedule effective as of today 14 September is also open on Monday afternoon. With the guided tour it costs 5 euros. It's a unique experience, a journey through time that immerses you in the atmosphere of "the name of the rose". The large hall with neat rows of benches and quiet consultation revives the past and celebrities (Leonardo da Vinci studied in this library during his tenure at Cesena). The Guide involves with the history of the Malatesta and we request specific information about the Decade. Apart from the beautiful interior is to note the carved wooden door, built as per date engraved in 1454, with the particularity of the opening with two different keys, which were being held by two different people for no reason, and that were to be used simultaneously in order to access the library.
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  • I can't explain how it feels when you enter. You feel transported back in time. Is something that brings peace.
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