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Contemporary History Library “Alfredo Oriani”

Via Corrado Ricci, 26 - Ravenna

Not far from Dante Alighieri’s Tomb, overlooking Piazza San Francesco, is one of the most important cultural institution in Ravenna – the ALFREDO ORIANI LIBRARY.

The current location of the library was once occupied by Casa Rizzetti, famous for having housed the very well-known romantic poet Lord Byron in 1819.

On the occasion of the restoration works carried out in the nearby area dedicated to Dante (1936), the architect from Piacenza Giulio Ulisse Arata designed the building as we see it today, in a rationalist style.

Today, many high school and university students come here to study, as well as scholars and curious locals, who enjoy spending their days on books and notes.

Upon advanced booking, the library also organises guided tours to its collections and training courses of bibliographic research for schools.

Furthermore, it hosts conferences, meetings, debates on important themes, such as contemporary history; not to mention the temporary exhibitions organised in the rooms of the annexed cloister.

The heritage of Alfredo Oriani Library

Managed by the “Casa di Oriani” foundation, the library is dedicated to the memory of the Romagna writer Alfredo Oriani (1852-1909).

The institution is specialized in contemporary history and political, economic and social studies.

A great space is given to volumes on fascism and anti-fascism, on the history of Italian political parties, as well as on labour and the trade union movements, and, more in general, to the social and political thought.

It boasts a corpus of about 170,000 volumes, whose core counts 20,000 works dedicated to fascist publications.

It also preserves the archives of Olindo Guerrini, the one dedicated to the battle of resistance of Ravenna and the one dedicated to Mario Lapucci, further enriched with humorous works.


Further information

Opening times

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 8.30 am – 1.30 pm / 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Tuesdays and Fridays: 8.30 am – 1.30 pm

Closing time

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Entrance fee

Free admission

Free of charge

Free admission


The library is accessible to all people with disabilities

How to get there

The Alfredo Oriani library is located in the heart of the city centre, just a few metres away from the Area of Silence dedicated to Dante Alighieri and from Piazza San Francesco.

On foot of by bike: the Oriani library can be easily reached on foot or by bike from the railway station (about 900m).

By bus: the closest bus stop is in Piazza Caduti per la Libertà (just 1 min. away).

By car: the library is located within a Limited Traffic Zone. Nonetheless, nearby are a series of free and paid parking lots. For more information on parking lots click HERE.

A cura della Redazione Locale

Last edit:4 November 2022

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