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Clarion Collection Hotel Astoria Genova

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Piazza Brignole, 4, Genoa, IT, 16122

  • Phone: (39) 010 873316
  • Fax: (39) 010 8317326
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Biblioteca Civica Berio

16 Via del Seminario
Genoa, 16121
+39 010 557 6010
This is Liguria's central public library, which has recently moved premises into the old seminary, which was refurbished by the architects P. Gambacciani and G. Franchini to obtain a more appropriate environment. This bare, severe building was built in the mid seventeenth century for the seminarians. It was badly damaged during the war and left derelict until Italia Nostra stepped in and saved in from demolition, transforming it into a haven for bookworms and researchers alike. The library as an institution was founded in the eighteenth century by the abbot C.V. Berio for a select few intellectuals. At the time it boasted 15 thousand publications and this number rose to 100 thousand before the Second World War. Despite the fact that two thirds of the library's books were destroyed in 1942 during the bombing, it still houses 200 thousand publications, among which are several rare editions, incunabulum, codex and a sixteenth century bible. The library also has multimedia resources. The Franzoniana library within the same set-up also has a collection of art history and religious volumes and manuscripts dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
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