Using our rooms

The library of the British Institute is located in one of the trendiest areas of the historic centre of Florence - Oltrarno. Situated on the piano nobile of the historic Palazzo Lanfredini, it boasts an enviable position with a glorious view across the river Arno, towards the Palazzo Corsini. The library's beautiful rooms are available for various types of events, both private and open to the public.

Palazzo Lanfredini

The Palazzo was built in 1515 by Baccio d'Agnolo for Lanfredino Lanfredini, a member of a family of Florentine merchants and bankers, and the building retains most its original architecture. The 'sgraffito' that adorn the façade (which was restored in  the 19th century) reveal grotesque and arabesque figures, notably the 'Mantacora', a monster with the head of a man and the body of a beast.





Sala Ferragamo

Our magnificent salone, with its spectacular view over the Arno, is the main room of the library. This spacious room is fully set up with audio-visual equipment and wifi. Here, conferences take place as well as presentations and launches, film screenings, receptions and concerts (there is a Bechstein grand piano).

The Small Lecture Theatre
This room is more intimate, and is suitable for smaller groups. It is also fully set up with audio-visual equipment and wifi. It is particularly suitable for seminars and lectures, but can also be used for receptions and other events.


The Ground Floor

With its own street entrance from the Lungarno, this is our most flexible space, suitable for all kinds of educational and cultural activities. Separate from the library, this self-contained room benefits from plenty of natural light, and is set up with audio-visual equipment and wifi.


To receive more information regarding the use of our spaces
Tel 055 26778270