Ambrosiana Library & Picture Gallery

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6 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

The Ambrosiana Library is an oasis for book lovers. Full review →



A wealth of charmingly idiosyncratic items on display include 18th-century scientific instruments and gloves worn by Napoleon at Waterloo. Full review →


Frommer's 33

Much to the appreciation of art lovers who waited through the late 1990s for the museum to reopen, this exquisite collection is housed in newly restored galleries. Full review →


Lonely Planet

Europe’s first public library, built in 1609, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana was more a symbol of intellectual ferment than quiet scholarship. Full review →


Michelin Guide 55

The palace of Cardinal Federico Borromeo has one of the world's richest libraries, and an art gallery founded on the collections of the Cardinal. Full review →

Plus a fascinating Basket of Fruit Still Life by Caravaggio.

Time Out

Founded in 1609 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, this 400-year-old project began life as one of the first ever public libraries. Full review →

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