Marciana National Library

9/10

114 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.

114 reviews for Marciana National Library

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9/10
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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.

Strenghts

Fuss free simplicity.

Weaknesses

None

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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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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.

Strenghts

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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10/10

JG

May 2017

Mature couple

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 04 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1747521 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'WifiExpress'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Easy online purchase and avoided the huge queues.

Strenghts

Easy

Weaknesses

Have to convert the online voucher to a pass on site.

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2/10

Chuck

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 24 May `17 - Booking No. 1752376

'Smart Phone Voucher'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Although the email for my booking indicated that the " voucher is the only valid document and you can present it to our staff either on a paper copy or on a mobile device", the voucher on my smart phone was not accepted at the Doge's Palace. In addition, the staff at the Palace acted very annoyed that I was trying to submit the documentation on my mobile device.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Chuck,

unfortunately on the confirmation email it is specified ‘The voucher is the only valid document and you can present it to our staff either on a paper copy or on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets or other devices) according to instructions specified on it’. The voucher of the Museum Pass clearly said that the voucher MUST BE PRESENTED on a paper copy. We are sorry you did not read carefully the information, we are transparent in notifying our customers about the correct procedure to use their reservation.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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7.5/10

Norfolknuala

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 22 May `17 - Booking No. 1748426

'Worth it just for the Doges palace'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

By passed all the queues for the palace . We found it fascinating . The history and architecture are stunning.

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8.5/10

Natasha

April 2017

Young couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 1713687

'Great time at the Doge's Palace'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We woke up early to visit Doge's Palace and Saint Marc Square without crowds. It was a very pleasant experience. The palace is magnificent: the interior has many historical artifacts and masterpieces. You can easily spend hours there. We paid extra for the special Bosch exhibit, and it was worth it, in my opinion. I definitely recommend visiting this place. Try to arrive a few minutes before opening to enjoy the place in serenity.

Strenghts

Magnificent historical buildings.

Weaknesses

The place can get very crowded.

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8/10

Joanne

May 2017

Group of friends

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 1710411

'Doges Palace'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We wanted to see the Doges Palace, so purchased the Museum pass in advance to avoid a long queue. We didn't have time to visit the other included museums, but the Doges Palace is worth the visit. The rooms don't have much furniture but the ceilings and walls are covered in art, and are very impressive. The tour takes you via the prison cells, and that took quite a while. If there was a short cut we missed it, and there were quite a few stairs. Over all, well worth the price, even to see one museum

Strenghts

Well priced, amazing walls and ceilings

Weaknesses

Signage is not the best, shorter tour of the prison cells would have been appreciated

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6/10

ALi

January 2017

Group of friends

SPAIN

Reviewed on 04 Feb `17 - Booking No. 16143740

'St. Mark's Square'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

The museum experience was great, however we did run into problems because the information in the email says that they ticket does not need to be printed, that showing the voucher directly on a mobile device is sufficient, and this is not the case. We were at the museum and told we had to go find a place to print the vouchers and it took away a bit from the overall pleasantness of the museum.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Ali,

thank you for your feedback! Actually, the confirmation mail you received at the end of the online booking procedure said 'The voucher is the only valid document and you can present it to our staff either on a paper copy or on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets or other devices) according to instructions specified on it'. The necessity to print the voucher is also highlighted on the voucher itself... We regret you did not read carefully all the information since we are transparent in informing our customers about the vouchers that need to be printed and those that can be shown on a mobile device.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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6.5/10

Susie Q

November 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 27 Nov `16 - Booking No. 16130576

'Everyone should visit here!'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

We were fortunate to be able to go to Italy/Venice during the off season, so there were less tourists/shorter lines. Get this pass, so you can get in quicker. Also, this pass includes multiple museums, so it's a great dal/price. It was a little confusing at first, as you had to cash in your voucher first. But, there was good English speaking customer service personnel, so they gave great intel.

Strenghts

Multi places included. Beautiful place. No pictures allowed

Weaknesses

No pictures allowed. Some places included in multi pack were places we didn't want to/have time to go to. Visit to cell-Bridge of Sighs was not clearly marked.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Susie Q,

thank you for your feedback! Please note that both online and on the voucher, we specify that you are required to change the voucher into a physical ticket at the ticket office of the first museum you will visit… We regret this was not clear enough to you! Concerning the Bridge of Sighs, we can assure you that it is included in the standard path inside the Doge’s Palace therefore you would have been able to visit it without any problems!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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