Marciana National Library

8.5/10

124 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.

Choose your ticket

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.

124 reviews for Marciana National Library

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8.5/10
9/10

MOSM

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 16 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17126006

'Museum's of St Marks'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We only used this ticket to visit The Doge's Palace but it was worth the pre-booing yo skip the queues. The Doge's Palace was well worth the visit.

Strengths

Skip the queue.

Weaknesses

More costly than purchasing on the day.

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6/10

Faye

July 2017

Solo traveler

NEW ZEALAND

Reviewed on 11 Aug `17 - Booking No. 1795330 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'St Marks Museums'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

The visit was amazing. The experience is something I will remember for ever.

Strengths

-

Weaknesses

I made a mistake and booked for the 26th and had to immediately book again for the 25th . It was very disappointing that the original booking was not able to be cancelled or the money refunded. We all make mistakes some time!


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Faye, 

thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you had to book the ticket twice, but, as you can see the website states: " Verify the accuracy of the information submitted: once the payment has been made, the booking cannot be modified nor cancelled."

We are sorry you did not see that important information,

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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0.5/10

Mike J

August 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 09 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17136151

'Great. Is it but DON'T USE THIS SITE'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Used venetoinside.com to save time, and money if possible, as we wanted to visit the Palazzo Ducale in high season and had heard about the huge queues. Booked online from the hotel room the day before and paid €103 for the family. Got the email which said I had to have a PRINTED copy of the voucher - the museums don't have the capability to read a booking number on a mobile device (even though the museums use a person to check this). Not having a printer in myself pocket, I went at opening time to the Palazzo and tried to talk to the desk to see what could be done. Answered with a flat 'non' and directed to an Internet cafe that didn't actually exist (according to Google). Eventual used the goodwill of the hotel to get the voucher printed, and got the tickets exchanged only to find that the face value was €87!! So, moral of the story is: get up early, join the queue (which is manageable until 9.30 or so) and oh on the door.

Strengths

None. None at all.

Weaknesses

More expensive, time consuming, and stressful than space travel, let alone just getting tickets for yourself.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Mike, 

thank you for your review. We are sorry you did not appreciate the service you bought on venetoinside.com, but, as you can see, our website states: "The voucher issued at the end of the online reservation must be printed and presented at the ticket office of the museum in order to convert it into a valid entrance ticket. [..]". 

We are sorry you did not take into account that important information.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9/10

Syed

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 07 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17108072

'It was very nice experience ! thank you'

Ticket
Museum Pass

I suggest you guys not to go doge palace to issue your ticket rather go to correr museum because there is no queue to get your tickets , just show your booking and get ticket for all palaces n museums etc we only visited doge palace and correr palace because our daughter got sick and we could not roam freely but both places were so nice , Each place need at least 5 to 6 hours so better split your visits in two days , its good idea to skip the line !

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5.5/10

Genie

July 2017

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 02 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17107366

'More than needed'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Booking was easy and getting the ticket was not too bad. Better directions to the ticket collection would have been nice. Since the pass is for all four museums, its a bit much. I would have preferred to book a ticket a la carte for whichever museum was needed.

Strengths

Easy to book

Weaknesses

Unwanted museums


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Genie, 

thank you for your feedback. As reported on our website, the are two types of cumulative tickets and each typology has its own description explaining which museums are included. If someone is interested in a list of museums that does not correspond with those two previously mentioned, we also provide the possibility to buy the entry tickets separately.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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1
7/10

Fairyfrinters

July 2017

Group of friends

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 23 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1779666

'Museum pass'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Good value for money. Easy to exchange voucher for pass at Murano Glass Museum.

Strengths

Easy to exchange as above.

Weaknesses

Card itself became tatty easily. Pity it could not be used for Campanile.

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0/10

Paulie

July 2017

Young couple

IRELAND

Reviewed on 22 Jul `17 - Booking No. 17105593

'Disappointed'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We were unable to use our passes as we bought them in a hurry on our four hour stop in the city. The email from venetoinside indicates email on phone will be accepted and in our rush we did not open the vouchers to learn they had to be printed until we arrived at the museum. It left a bad taste in our mouth that venetoinside would not refund when had to leave the city without using them.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Paulie,

thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you could not enjoy the visit using the tickets you bought on venetoinside.com, but please notice that our website states "The voucher issued at the end of the online reservation must be printed and presented at the ticket office of the museum in order to convert it into a valid entrance ticket. [..]"

We are sorry you did not see that important information!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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10/10

hoed

June 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 28 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1772696 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Museum Pass Venice Easy Peasy !'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Very straightforward easy to use website. Picked up pass in St Marks Sq. it took two minutes. The pass is recognised all over Venice.

Strengths

Fuss free simplicity.

Weaknesses

None

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4
9/10

Chris

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 08 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1756777

'Museums of St Mark's Square'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

Pre- booking tickets with venetoinside.com services was easy and saved us valuable time by avoiding queues during our brief stay in Venice.

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5
7.5/10

Tommy

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 08 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1755446

'early closing'

Ticket
Museum Pass

The pass was very useful and enabled us to avoid queues at the main museums but on the day we were in Venice the museums all closed early (15.00) to facilitate a union meeting. It would have helpful to have been made aware of this in advance so that we could have re-arranged our schedule.

Strengths

avoided queues

Weaknesses

Lacked forward warning of closures.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Tommy,

thank you for you feedback! Unfortunately we were not informed about this extraordinary union meeting and therefore were not able to notify our customers that the museums would have closed before the usual closing time. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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5
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