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.

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  • Choose the day of your visit and the number of tickets. The time slot allowed for your visit is from 12.00 to 18.00.
  • Download the voucher from the booking confirmation page or from the email you will receive after booking.
  • The voucher, complete with an electronic ticket with BARCODE, will be valid as an actual entry ticket. Access the Museum through the fast lane called "PRE-PURCHASED TICKETS" and bring the barcode close to the optical reader placed at the entrance for direct access. Any waiting times are due to safety check.
  • Admission is valid only for the date you selected at the time of purchase and the time slot 12.00 - 18.00. Respect them with punctuality to avoid losing your booking.
  • Within 3 months from the visit to the Doge's Palace, 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.
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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: € 33,00 (the price includes a €3.00 booking fee)

Concession: € 16,50 children from 6 to 14 years and over 65s (the price includes  a €1.50 booking fee)

Free: children up to 5 years

With the ticket of the Monumental Rooms of the Marciana National Library  you can also visit the other museums in St Mark’s Square: the Doge's Palace, the Museum Correr, and the National Archaeological 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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