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Laurentian Library, Florence

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  • For Michel Angello, its staircase, his calm and his amazing works (under glass) but also its tactile and interactive screens to flick the treasures that cannot be read. I don't understand the negative reviews on this gem!
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  • When I switch from Borgo San Lorenzo, I can't help but get into the cloister of the Basilica of the same name. The entrance is on the left of the façade. In spring there are the azaleas in bloom, really spectacular. In every season, green and shadow, that instill a sense of peace and serenity. Highly recommended, after visiting the Medici Chapels of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, and of the beautiful Laurentian library, for a relaxing break before diving back into the chaos of the city centre.
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  • The Reading Room feels like you are with scholars from the past. It is a long rectangular room with a beautiful wooden ceiling. You walk on a rug which protects the mosaic floor. So wonderful to exper...  more »
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  • The stately entryway, dominated by a grand stairway, leads into the breathtakingly handsome library. Michelangelo's design, unharmed by a grafted-on alcove added later, is almost overwhelming. But instead of feeling miniaturized by the library's Titanic proportions, the effect is rather the opposite. You feel a part of the structure's majestic dignity. Sounds over the top, I know. But try it and see.
  • Fascinating library that brought back to my mind memories from my high-school classes of history of art.
  • Outstanding!
  • WOW! COOOOOOOL!
  • I think here is a brilliant library for mankind.

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