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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: we’re talking about the Library Alfredo Oriani.

Where now the library stands, once was 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.

The library also organizes, on advanced booking, 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 it organizes in the rooms of the annexed cloister.

The heritage of Library Alfredo Oriani

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.

Inside, it preserves also 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.

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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.

We suggest you verify the website for updates and further information: www.fondazionecasadioriani.it

Closing time

Closed on Saturday, Sunday and holidays

Entrance fee

Free admission

How to get there

The library Alfredo Oriani is 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 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

Accessibility

The library is accessible to all the people with disabilities

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

Last edit:28 September 2021

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