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The Cortile della Biblioteca: A Tranquil Haven of Wisdom in the Vatican

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The Cortile della Biblioteca is one of the three Vatican Courts built between 1817 and 1822. At this time another cross corridor to the existing one was built. This one is called Braccio Nuovo. It was built by Raphael Stern. The Braccio Nuovo divides another part of the Cortile della Pigna, creating another small courtyard, the Cortile della Biblioteca. The Cortile della Biblioteca is the third of the Vatican Courts.

Opening times Cortile della Biblioteca

Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm (Last admission 4pm)
Every last Sunday of the month: 9 am-2 pm (Last admission 12:30 pm)

Last admission is at 4 pm. You will be asked to leave 30 minutes before closing time. For more information visit the offical website of the Vatican.

Admission Cortile della Biblioteca 

Adults: 17€ + 5€ reservation fee

Reduced: 8€ + 5€ reservation fee

The regular admission fee is 22€ for adults and the reduced admission for students is 13€. With the Rome City Pass the entry to the Cortile della Biblioteca is free. With your order of the Rome City Pass you get a ticket for the Vatican. Show your Vatican ticket and get free entry to the Cortile della Biblioteca and many more attractions at the Vatican. You don't have to pay any fees. At some days the entry to the Cortile della Biblioteca can be free of charge.Please inform yourself at the website about different catergories of admission prices.

Address Cortile della Biblioteca

Viale Vaticano
00165 Rom

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The address of the Cortile della Biblioteca is the same as that of the Vatican. This address can be reached from St. Peter's Square in Rome.

Direction Cortile della Biblioteca

Metro A to Cipro or Ottaviano, S. Pietro, Musei Vaticani
Bus 32, 81 or 982 to Piazza del Risorgimento
Bus 492 or 990 to Via Leone IV / Via degli Scipioni
Bus 49 to Viale Vaticano-Musei Vaticani
Tram: 19 to Piazza del Risorgimento

Access to the three courts is preferably via Atrio delle Corazze. This is the so-called court of amor in the Vatican. For a smooth approach to the Cortile della Biblioteca cross the "Quattrao Cancelli", the 4 gates. This will take you quickly to the Cortile della Pigna and to the courtyard. The popular route continues via the Belvedere courtyard to the Cortile della Biblioteca.

Highlights Cortile della Biblioteca

  • One of three Vatican Courtyards
  • Founded 1450 A.D.
  • More than 1.5 millions historical books
  • Freshly restored since 2010

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