"Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale" Biblioteca - Libraries Tip by mikey_e

Biblioteca - Libraries, Florence: 6 reviews and 15 photos

  Fašade of the Biblioteca Nazionale
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  • Façade of the Biblioteca Nazionale - Florence
      Fašade of the Biblioteca Nazionale
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  • Biblioteca Nazionale and Piazza dei Cavalleggeri - Florence
      Biblioteca Nazionale and Piazza dei Cavalleggeri
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The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale is not a typical tourist sight for most people who come to Florence. Indeed, it is shown on the maps in the Lonely Planet books, but there is no write up on the building or its history. Still, you are likely to pass it if you visit Santa Croce, so you might be interested in stopping by for a few pictures. The Library is open to the public and holds concerts or other cultural activities from time to time. It contains 5 300 000 volumes, 25 000 manuscripts and 700 000 letters. The current building was constructed in 1911 by Bazzani and enlarged by Mazzei. It was only inaugurated as a National Library in 1935, although the dantesque and galileian sections were open in 1929. Sadly, the library was flooded during the catastrophic bursting of the banks by the Arno in 1966. There is a central reading room inside the library which runs parallel to the river. It is notable for its large ionic domes.

Address: Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, 1
Directions: South of Piazza di Santa Croce
Phone: +39 055 24919 1
Website: http://www.bncf.firenze.sbn.it/

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  • Written Aug 22, 2007
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