The Biblioteca Ambrosiana, founded by Cardinal Federico Borromeo in 1607 and opened in 1609, is one of the first libraries built by a private patron to be opened for public reading. In the magnificent building in the heart of Milan, planned by Lelio Buzzi and Francesco Maria Richini, the cardinal assembled one of the largest collections of Greek, Latin, vulgar and several oriental languages manuscripts, in addition to precious religious and private collections’ funds.
Books need skillful hands that take care of paper, binding and its finishing in order to resist to the signs of the time. Visit one of the oldest bookbindery in Milan, honored with the Historical Shop recognition. From leather’s binding to marbled paper, everything is handcrafted according to ancient techniques handed down from generation to generation.
Fully narrated tour
Led by a local guide
With The Timeless Beauty of Paper you will visit the seventeenth-century Biblioteca Ambrosiana, one of the first libraries founded by a private patron open for public reading, to introduce you to the art of bookbinding. This art is well-represented in Milan with an historical workshop: here discover that everything is done by hand using age-old techniques handed down from one generation to another.
The guided visit will start at 2:30 PM from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Piazza Pio XI, 2 Milano). Admission ticket included. Transfer between the museum and the historical workshop by a short walk in the ancient 5Vie neighborhood.
Timeless Beauty is part of Milano Grand Tour, a set of itineraries dedicated to the excellence of Arts and Crafts in Milan, organized in collaboration with Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art.