The biblioteca Laurenziana (The Laurentian library)
The Biblioteca Laurenziana (Laurentian Library) is located next to the church of San Lorenzo in the square of the same name. You can reach it from the Duomo (cathedral) by taking the Borgo San Lorenzo to the square. The entrance is on the left side of the church.
Address: 9 Piazza San Lorenzo.
Hours: from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Price : 3 € or 8,50 € for the ticket combined with the Basilica of San Lorenzo.
The 15th century cloister gives access to the library on the second floor. Pope Clement VII commissioned Michelangelo to draw the plans. In a 9m square, he conceived the vestibule and the monumental staircase as elements subordinated to the only optical illusion. The reading room which stretches on 46m of depth is lined with benches and lecterns.