Marciana National Library in Venice - Tickets Online

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When booking your tickets for the Biblioteca Marciana online you will...

  1. gain access to one of the largest ancient libraries in Italy, a symbol of an innovative perception of culture, born in Venice in the Renaissance thanks to the noble families of the Serenissima.

  2. visit the building considered the greatest masterpiece of the great architect Jacopo Sansovino, adorned inside with works by great Venetian masters, such as Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.

  3. visit, included in the ticket for the Marciana Library, the other museums in St Mark’s Square: the Doge’s Palace, the Correr Museum and the Archaeological Museum.

Ticket

  • Choose the day of your visit, the time and the number of tickets.
  • Fill in the boxes and check that all the information you entered is correct.
  • Download the voucher from the booking confirmation page or from the email you will receive after booking.
  • Show your printed voucher or on your smartphone at the Doge's Palace ticket office to collect your ticket and then enter.
  • Strictly adhere to your chosen day and time to avoid losing your booking.
  • In addition to the Doge's Palace, on the same day you can also visit the other Museums of St Mark’s Square included in the ticket: the Correr Museum, the Monumental Rooms of the Marciana National Library and the Archaeological Museum of St Mark’s Square.
  • Cancellation policy: tickets cannot be changed or canceled and are non-refundable.

Other info

1) BIBLIOTECA MARCIANA - OPENING TIMES

Every day from 11.00 to 17.00.

Closed on 25 December and 1 January

(Entry from the Correr Museum)


2) BIBLIOTECA MARCIANA - TICKET PRICES

Adult: € 27,00

Concession: € 16,00 children from 6 to 14 years and over 65s

Free: children up to 5 years

With the ticket for the Monumental Rooms of the Marciana National Library you can also visit the other Museums in St Mark’s Square included in the ticket on the same day: the Doge’s Palace, the Correr Museum and the National Archeologic Museum.


3) MUSEUM PASS VENICE

If you are interested in visiting other museums in Venice, choose the ‘Museum Pass’, a combined, open-ended ticket, valid for 6 months, which lets you visit the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, the museums of St Mark’s Square and seven others museums in Venice at a very convenient price.

 
4) HOW TO GET TO THE BIBLIOTECA MARCIANA

 The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana is located in St Mark’s Square, with entry from the Correr Museum.

  • Arriving by train? It’s about half an hour on foot from Santa Lucia Railway Station.
  • Arriving by bus or by car? From Piazzale Roma it takes about 25 minutes on foot.
  • Arriving by water bus? From either the railway station or Piazzale Roma you can take line 1 and get off at Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; or line 2 and get off at Giardinetti stop; or line 5.1 or line 4.1 and get off at San Zaccaria.

 

5) WHY VISIT THE BIBLIOTECA MARCIANA?

The Monumental Rooms of the Marciana Library, together with the Zecca building - where offices and reading rooms are located - are now part of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, which is located in the final part of St Mark’s Square, overlooking Piazzetta San Marco, in front of the elegant façade of the Doge's Palace.

The history of the Marciana Library begins with Doge Andrea Gritti, who decreed that a public library would be built, accessible to all, intended to house the donation of Cardinal Bessarione in 1468, consisting of about 800 codices in Greek and Latin. Today it houses very important manuscripts, such as the Grimani Breviary, dating back to the 1500s, the Fra Mauro Map and some ancient editions, including those of the famous publisher Aldo Manuzio.

The creator of the Marciana Library project is Jacopo Sansovino, who however never saw his work completed: on his death the library was completed by Vincenzo Scamozzi. The original nucleus of the library - the Vestibule and the Reading Room - can be visited as part of the Museums of St. Mark's Square.

An imposing, richly decorated staircase with two flights leads to the Vestibule, splendidly decorated by Vincenzo Scamozzi with niches, pilasters and pediments; in the ceiling, inside a trompe-l'oeil that creates an illusion of architectural depth, is Titian's "La Sapienza". Here it is also possible to admire an extraordinary bird's eye view by Jacopo de 'Barbari, a reproduction-masterpiece of the royal form of Venice.

From the Vestibule, crossing a majestic door, you enter the Reading Room, specially designed to house the prestigious collection of Cardinal Bessarione: on the walls portraits of philosophers - the work of great artists including Tintoretto and Veronese - evoke the atmosphere of the libraries of the antiquity, while the ceiling - defined as the manifesto of mannerism in Venice – is decorated with 21 roundels representing the theme of active life, i.e. the concrete use of the knowledge contained in the library.

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Mature couple
CANADA

Booking No. 19212865

Reviewed on 15 Jan `20

'Doge's Palace'

Its was amazing, very much worth the visit.. VenetoInside was easy to book with, worked great

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Sandy

Family with children
INDIA

Booking No. 1921886

Reviewed on 16 Jun `19

'St Mark's Square Museum Tickets'

Bought the tickets online before starting from India. The tickets saved us a lot of valuable time while entering, since one did not have to queue to get in. A great experience.

Strengths

Ease of transaction

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Steve

Mature couple
UNITED STATES

Booking No. 193697

Reviewed on 14 May `19

'Doge Palace'

Seamless way to buy tickets! Would certainly use this service again.

Strengths

Ease of purchase and redemption of voucher.

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None

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Simon

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Reviewed on 10 Apr `19

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'Useful hints'

Erika gave to us a lot of hints and the possibility to book in advance and without queue Sam Marco and the boat to the islands. Great!

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marie

Family with children
FRANCE

Booking No. 18201793

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18

'nice view'

the skip the line ticket is efficient but time is time. It's not possible to go up the tower even if you are earlier and if there is not to much queue. But the view over venice worths it.

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Ruby

Family with children
CANADA

Booking No. 1829789

Reviewed on 21 Jun `18

'Pricless'

We really enjoyed the museums we went through all of them. It is well worth the extra euros to see the treasures, hard to believe that these have been around so long

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Rick

Mature couple
UNITED STATES

Booking No. 1834444

Reviewed on 18 May `18

'Money well spent'

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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Jules

Other
UNITED KINGDOM

Booking No. 17207908

Reviewed on 28 Nov `17

'Doge's Palace'

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.

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

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Knightmare

Mature couple
SWITZERLAND

Booking No. 17208926

Reviewed on 26 Nov `17

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'En vaut vraiment la peine !'

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.

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Billet combiné et pas de queue

Weaknesses

Il faut imprimer l'email

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Rod

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BRAZIL

Booking No. 17130632

Reviewed on 03 Nov `17

'Nice'

No lines

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