My Favorite Study Spot in Firenze: Biblioteca delle Oblate
by Caitlin Miller
Trying to find the right study spot in Florence can be a daunting task. Normal cafes are often loud, crowded, and have cramped table space. These factors can make it hard to get in the zone while immersed in such a distracting environment brought upon by the hustle and bustle of a city center. Which is why I choose the Biblioteca delle Oblate as my go to study spot. It is right in the center of Florence, while maintaining a serene backdrop.
The entrance of the Oblate Library, located on Via dell’Oriuolo 24, provides immediate relief from the busy street, as it is almost resembling a miniature park where you’ll find a variety of people reading, studying, or simply relaxing. La Biblioteca delle Oblate is closed on Sundays, has reduced hours on Mondays from 2:00pm-7:00pm, and the rest of the week it remains open from 9:00am-11:45pm. The building has three stores, indoor and outdoor, providing study spaces to accommodate all the seasons throughout the year in Florence.
La Biblioteca delle Oblate is a treasure itself due to the history that encompasses the very building, like most of the important sites in Florence. The library was built upon the commission of Folco Portinari, the father of the famous Beatrice who was believed to be the lover of Dante Alighieri. Folco Portinari founded the female wing within Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in 1288. A few years down the road, the Oblate was built in order to assist and house sick women. It is an educational experience to even visit such a historical site.
Besides the rich history of the Oblate, it also has a cafeteria to help energize you when studying for exams. The cafe offers sandwiches, pastries, and coffee so you know you can count on the Caffetteria delle Oblate for your lunch break. The cafe sits below the large terrace which can accommodate studying, eating, and simply getting together with friends.
If you’re looking for something a bit more entertaining at La Biblioteca delle Oblate, they also offer Jazz nights and other types of events that aren’t study related. They also host many language exchanges and a variety of tours and activities for children.
The Oblate Library is my favorite study spot simply because it is one of the few places in Firenze that is quiet, has free Wi-Fi, and while not a necessity but is certainly a perk, has one of the most stunning views of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
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