Marciana National Library

8.5/10

136 Reviews

The Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana are two environments, which – together with the building of the Zecca, where there are offices and reading rooms – are a part of the National Library of St Mark’s in Venice.

To access the areas included in the museum of the Marciana National Library in Venice, visits can be booked by purchasing The Museums of St. Mark's Square ticket, which allows you to also visit the Correr Museum, the Doge's Palace, the National Archaeological Museum of Venice, or by choosing the Museum Pass.

The National Library Marciana in Venice is located at the end of St. Mark's Square, overlooking the Piazzetta San Marco, in front of the elegant facade of the Doge’s Palace.

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Warning! You can visit the Marciana National Library only purchasing one of the passes listed below

Ticket

Museum Pass
Ticket
Full price 25.00
Reduced 19.00

The MUSEUM PASS is VALID for 6 MONTHS starting from the day you collect the ticket at the ticket office of one of the museums included in the Museum Pass.

It includes one entrance for: Museums of St Mark's Square (Doge's Palace; combined itinerary of Correr Museum, Archeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the National Library); Ca' Rezzonico - Museum of 18th Century Art; Carlo Goldoni's House; Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo; Ca' Pesaro - International Gallery of Modern Art and the Oriental Art Museum; Natural History Museum; Glass Museum of Murano; Lace Museum in Burano.

Ticket

Museums of St. Mark's Square
Ticket
Full price 20.00
Reduced 14.50

The MUSEUMS OF ST MARK'S SQUARE TICKET is VALID for 3 MONTHS starting from the day you collect the ticket at the ticket office of the Doge’s Palace or the Correr Museum.

It includes one entrance for the Doge’s Palace and for the combined itinerary of Correr Museum, Archeological Museum, Monumental Rooms of the National Library. You can access to these museums ONLY purchasing the cumulative ticket.


Description

Monumental Rooms of the National Library of St Mark’s – Openings
From 1 April to 31 October:
10.00am – 7.00pm
From 1 November to 31 March: 10.00am – 5.00pm (Entry via Correr Museum)
Closed: 25 December and 1 January


The National Library of St Mark's history began with the Doge Andrea Gritti who decreed the construction of a Public Library from a large donation of money from Cardinal Bessarion – who in 1468 had given the Serenissima many codes in Greek and Latin, and the offices of the Procurators of St Mark. The creator of this extraordinary project for the construction of the National Library of St Mark’s in Venice, Sansovino, never saw his work completed due to his death. However, the monumental rooms of Sanovino’s Library were completed by Vincenzo Scamozzi.

The Sansovino Biblioteca Marciana in Venice has two rows of loggias - the first with Doric arches and entablature alternating triglyphs and metopes, the second with Ionic character presenting a frieze with cherubs and garlands of flowers and fruits - crowned by a balustrade with corner obelisks and statues of classical deities.

The first nucleus of the National Library of St Mark's in Venice, Italy - the Vestibule and the hall of the Library – is now open to visitors via the itinerary for the Museums of St. Mark's Square.

The grand chambers of the Marciana National Library take one through to an impressive and richly decorated two-flight staircase - the iconography takes the perspective of the Neo-Platonic spiritual ascension process – which leads to the Vestibule. The decoration of the walls of the vestibule with niches, pilasters and pediments, was designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi. In the ceiling, inside a 'trompe-l'oil' producing an illusion of architectural depth, is housed Titian’s La Sapienza.

In this context, it is also possible to admire one of the only examples of the amazing bird's eye view of Jacopo de’Barbari, a splendid reproduction of the real shape of Venice.

From the Vestibule, through a stately door, you enter the Library room, designed specifically to accommodate the prestigious collection of Cardinal Bessarione.

This room has an exceptional iconography: the walls boast portraits of philosophers - the work of great artists such as Tintoretto and Veronese - evoking the atmosphere of the ancient library, while on the ceiling - called the manifesto of Mannerism in Venice - 21 tondos are represented with representations on the subject of active life and the use of specific knowledge contained in the library.

136 reviews for Marciana National Library

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8.5/10
9/10

Rick

May 2018

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 18 May `18 - Booking No. 1834444

'Money well spent'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We had VIP access. We were able to just walk up at our appointment time and go in, while others were waiting in long lines.

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8.5/10

Jules

November 2017

Other

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 28 Nov `17 - Booking No. 17207908

'Doge's Palace'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Stunning Building full of history and wonderful architecture, paintings, etc. Well worth a visit but better to book on-line and take your ticket with you.

Strengths

Gorgeous building, a MUST on your visiting list to Venice.

Weaknesses

-

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9.5/10

Knightmare

November 2017

Mature couple

SWITZERLAND

Reviewed on 26 Nov `17 - Booking No. 17208926 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'En vaut vraiment la peine !'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Cela vaut la peine d'acheter le billet à l'avance, la visite du Palais des Doges est magnifique et cela donne l'occasion de visiter les autres sites de la place St-Marc. Il faut juste imprimer l'email et l'échanger au guichet des billets une fois sur place.

Strengths

Billet combiné et pas de queue

Weaknesses

Il faut imprimer l'email

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9/10

Margaret

October 2017

Group of friends

IRELAND

Reviewed on 02 Nov `17 - Booking No. 17159653

'A very good experience'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

This booking was very easy to make and the experience with the museums in Venice went very smoothly.

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10/10

cindy

September 2017

Solo traveler

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 13 Oct `17 - Booking No. 17143646

'My Italy trip'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

easy to book and receive confirmation

Strengths

just continue to make it easy

Weaknesses

no complaints

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8.5/10

pep

September 2017

Group of friends

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 27 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17157039 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Was useful to be pre-booked saved time at entry

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1
9/10

HGR

August 2017

Mature couple

GERMANY

Reviewed on 12 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17155449 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'easy to use'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Easy to use, clear offer, very fair prices - and immediate confirmation via Email; clearly recommend to use comapred to other offers...

Strengths

easy, fair Prices, transparent

Weaknesses

None identified

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9/10

Omar

August 2017

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 06 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17145208

'Incredible history!'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We bought tickets in advance for the Doge's Palace. We had to repurchase them as we missed our initial day's visit...Would be nice to use them once over a series of days...But alas. The Palace was lovely and gave a great sense of the region's political and social history. May not be great for young kids as it can be a lengthy visit, especially while on tour. Overall, worth a trip!

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10/10

Culture Club

August 2017

Family with children

GERMANY

Reviewed on 04 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17109436

'Just fab'

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Museums of St. Mark's Square

booking tickets in advance and skipping the queue was the best on that hot day - and inside, there was this beauty of art and history

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10/10

yo

August 2017

Solo traveler

JAPAN

Reviewed on 21 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17115092

'museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

I went to nice places to go to museum. It's easy to buy museum pass by internet.

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