Biblioteca Riccardiana

Biblioteca Riccardiana, Florence: Address, Phone Number, Biblioteca Riccardiana Reviews: 3.5/5

Biblioteca Riccardiana

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11 reviews
Very good

Perth, Australia19 contributions
Library must want to discourage visitors - has staff ground floor refusing entry, even when passerby interprested
Jul 2019 • Couples
Were keen to just see this library, not use the books. We love libraries having academic & professional careers. Inside the ground floor door 2 staff adamantly refused entry. They seemed not to understand us & did not even try. Eventually they half understood, but then they behaved in a completely dismissive manner, still saying no. Eventually a passerby interpreted for us. They then said we had to give then hard copy passports to enter. Naturally we don’t carry these. We have rarely had such an awful experience and been treated so incredibly badly. In every other venue in Italy recently staff have mostly been lovely, helpful and welcoming. Can only surmise the library wants to deliberately turn away visitors, or they’d get new staff.
Written 29 July 2019
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Manal Idrees
Kuwait City, Kuwait70 contributions
Dont miss it
Jan 2019 • Solo
Its a place that any of us whos an art lover or a bookworm wanna see. Its a perfect matching of art coziness books and sniffing books! I adored it and its one of the amazing libraries I’ve been to.
Written 26 March 2019
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San Francisco, CA53 contributions
Only if you like the beautiful romance of a historical library.
Sep 2018 • Solo
I had problems getting in also, but used Google Translate and mentioned I had my hotel call to make sure I could visit. One of the guards made a call, but never spoke to anyone. Then I was asked for ID, which they held as security for a visitor badge. I was the only visitor. There were 6 or 7 people doing research of some kind. It was very quiet and I don’t think children would be welcomed. There are some bibles on display, but don’t expect to randomly pull books off the shelf. It’s more of a look but don’t touch situation. Photos are allowed, which is what I wanted. It’s the most beautiful library I’ve ever seen.
Written 17 September 2018
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Freda J
Vancouver, Canada21 contributions
One of the most beautiful libraries in the world
Sep 2015 • Couples
As an earlier reviewer said, this library takes effort to get into - in fact, it may be impossible if you don't speak Italian. Which we don't. When we showed up, the security guards just shook their heads at us and waved us away. Luckily for us, there was an Italian fellow outside the door, having a cigarette, and he asked us what we wanted. When we told him we wanted to see the library, he took us back in, spoke to the guards at length, and the next thing we knew, we were being issued guest passes. Thank you to our guardian angel. :) The library really is beautiful, of great interest to researchers and historians, I'm sure. I'm so glad we were able to see it. Good luck to all who try.
Written 16 November 2015
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50 contributions
Take an effort to get in
May 2015 • Couples
Library is located at the second floor of Ginori, 10. Security guards in the lobby do not speak English and do not like tourists. Lunch break start at 1 pm, so our arrival at 12:30 made them even less happy. When we arrived, they send us next door, from next door we were sent next door, etc until we arrived at ticket desk for Riccardi palace. Lady at ticket desk explained us, that library is closed for visitors, however now they have some exhibition, so general public is allow to visit and we need to go back to Ginori, 10 and explain it to guards. We went back and started repeating word exhibition. Finally guard called another man, this man called somebody and they let us in. Library reading room is nicely decorated and they have some books from 15 century on display, however it probably did not worth effort to get in.
Written 20 May 2015
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Debbie T
2 contributions
Dante's Inferno!!
According to our Florence Guidebook by DK the Bibleoteca is inside the Palazzo Medici Riccardi and was founded in 16th century and houses a collection of precious manuscripts including Dante's Divine Comedy.

It proved expensive at ?7 each with very little to view and no manuscripts in sight. There were a few beautifully decorated ceilings and 4 rooms dressed with original furniture and tapestries. However the Madonna with Child was on loan (which we were warned about at the entrance) to another museum but Orpheus was still proudly on display.

These are also official offices for Government and were also housing a Pinocchio exhibition plus there were bicycles in the main biblioteca room - random!
Written 20 September 2013
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