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About Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan

The Biblioteca Ambrosiana is a historic library in Milan, Italy, also housing the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the Ambrosian Art Gallery. The library's collection is rich in classical manuscripts, notably Homer and Vergil, in incunabula, and in Oriental texts. It also contains Leonardo da Vinci's profusely illustrated Codex Atlanticus, now exhibited for the first time at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Plenty of artistic elements are exhibited in gallery nicely to allure the visitors. You can save time by pre-purchasing tickets for the library & gallery. It is just a few minutes away from the city center and thus, reaching this place would not be a great deal of challenge for any visitor.

Biblioteca Ambrosiana Information

  • Visitors can buy tickets in advance.
  • No smoking inside the library and gallery.
  • Don’t forget to see exhibitions.

Biblioteca Ambrosiana Tickets Prices

  • Full price: € 15,00
  • Reduction 1: € 10,00 (Under 18, Over 65, university students).
  • Reduction 2: € 13,00 (Milanocard holders)
  • Children under 14 accompanied by a paying adult (max. 5 children per adult).

Biblioteca Ambrosiana Opening and Closing Hours

  • Closed on Easter Day.
  • Open on Easter Monday.

How To Get To Biblioteca Ambrosiana by Public Transport

  • Underground: Red line (1): stop Cordusio or Duomo, Yellow line (3): stop Duomo.
  • Tramway: Lines 12-14-16 stop Orefici-Cantu, Lines 2-3 stop Duomo.

Restaurants Near Biblioteca Ambrosiana

  • Hoepli: Chicken Pizza
  • G. B. Bar: Sandwiches
  • Warsa: Asian Cuisine

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Address: Piazza Pio XI, 2, 20123 Milano, Italy

Phone: +39-02806921

Ticket Price: 15 EUR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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  • Really liked the art and the building. As student the entrance was €11 a bit expensive and therefore I was doubting to visit it. But it was worth it, i spend more than an hour because there was much to see and I liked the atmosphere. Many paintings from good artists and also some cool objects and sculptures. No pictures allowed but I recommend!

  • Attractive building and super-helpful staff. But the Art isn't top notch and with the way it's lit, by the third room you're overdosing on the saccharine colours. There are a few gems but I'm not sure they justify the €15 entry ticket.

  • A magnificent, exceptional, first-class pinacoteca with a masterful and unbelievably extraordinary collection of paintings and sculptures. Really mind-blowing for art lovers!

  • If you love art you have to visit it, very few da Vinci illustrations. But is worth it. By the way, I loved the floors :)

  • This is the building which host both the library ("biblioteca", still operating) and the surrounding paintings collection ("pinacoteca") which belonged to the Cardinal Federigo Borromeo (born in 1564 - d. 1631). Paintings mostly depict religious subjects (he was a an archbishop!). I especially enjoyed the flemish (bruguel and prim) paintings as well as the Lombards school (Procaccini, Morazzone) and Barocci. True masterpieces are the Madonna del Padiglione by Botticelli and the Flowers by Brueghel (maybe even better than Caravaggio basket of fruit which is the last room). I also especially liked the few late '800 milanese paintings (the two little sisters by Longoni and the Hayez portraits and Gola washing ladies). I suggest the use of the guide.

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