Venice has various rhythms of life; one is harmonized with tourists and another one with its citizens. The former is chaotic and busy, the latter is slower and more relaxed. That’s why during the weekend a lot of libraries are closed and finding a place to study is difficult.
The solution for me is biblioteca Querini, close to Piazza San Marco. This library is open every day and it is a perfect spot for students studying for exams or people looking for a place to read peacefully. The walls and inside floors are all made of wood, and there are old massive desks with big chair stands between beautiful bookcases. I love this kind of atmosphere, it’s easy to find the right focus, despite the continuous creaking of the floor, which is fascinating but sometimes also annoying.
From an architectural and historical point of view, the building has another very interesting wing. The entrance was all designed by Carlo Scarpa; here the style of this great Venetian architect is expressed in all his being, made by delicate and impressive details and with a great use of materials. Through there starts a museum where it is possible to visit an untouched 1700s apartment that hosts a collection of paintings, objects and furniture from that era, as well as tapes with sounds recorded from old languages.
Jump into the past in this beautiful library!