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Contemporary History Library “Alfredo Oriani”

Via Corrado Ricci, 26 - Ravenna
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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 Fondazione “Casa di Oriani”, 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.

CONTACTS

Further information

Opening times

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8.30am – 1.30pm / 3pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday and Friday: 8.30am – 1.30pm

Due to the current health emergency, the library may be closed or be open with reduced services.

Check the website for updates and further information: www.fondazionecasadioriani.it

Closing time

Closed on Saturday, Sunday and holidays

Entrance fee

Free admission

Accessibility

The library is accessible to all the people with disabilities.

How to get there

The library Alfredo Oriani 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/bus: the library is located within a Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL – Zona a Traffico Limitato). Nonetheless, nearby are a series of free and paid parking lots. To see all the available parkings in Ravenna both for buses and cars see here: Parking in Ravenna

A cura della Redazione Locale
E-mail: turismo@comune.ravenna.it

Last edit:22 November 2021

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