Marciana National Library

8.5/10

153 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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Ticket

Museum Pass
Full price 36.00
Reduced 21.00  

Ticket

Museums of St. Mark's Square
Full price 26.00
Reduced 16.50  

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.

153 reviews for Marciana National Library

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9/10

Sandy

May 2019

Family with children

INDIA

Reviewed on 16 Jun `19 - Booking No. 1921886

'St Mark's Square Museum Tickets'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

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

Weaknesses

-

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10/10

Steve

April 2019

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 14 May `19 - Booking No. 193697

'Doge Palace'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

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

Strengths

Ease of purchase and redemption of voucher.

Weaknesses

None

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10/10

Simon

March 2019

Mature couple

ITALY

Reviewed on 10 Apr `19 - Booking No. 1911450 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Useful hints'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

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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9/10

Martina

March 2019

Young couple

ITALY

Reviewed on 07 Apr `19 - Booking No. 191557

'Ms'

Ticket
Museum Pass

Good experience

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1
8/10

marie

October 2018

Family with children

FRANCE

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18201793

'nice view'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

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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3
10/10

Ruby

June 2018

Family with children

CANADA

Reviewed on 21 Jun `18 - Booking No. 1829789

'Pricless'

Ticket
Museums of St. Mark's Square

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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1
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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1.5/10

lab rat

April 2018

Solo traveler

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 09 May `18 - Booking No. 189127

'mr'

Ticket
Museum Pass

I thought it was a 'skip-the-queue' ticket but the queues at the Doges Palace were very bad

Strengths

great for the other museums

Weaknesses

I thought it was a 'skip-the-queue' ticket but the queues at the Doges Palace were very bad - quite annoying.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Lab Rat,

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry for the misunderstanding but nowhere in our website we present the Museum Pass as a skip-the-line pass.

As we speciefied on the website, in the Important information section, the ticket must be collected at the ticket office of the first museum you visit (allowing time for a possible queue at the ticket counter).

“Once you have the ticket, you can have access to other museums by presenting the ticket at the entrance, without having to queue again at the ticket offices. If you wish to collect the ticket at the Doge's Palace, please remember to go to the 'Ticket Office Groups Only' desk: you must respect the possible waiting times, that are usually shorter compared to the waiting times at the other desks. Anyway, we suggest you to collect your ticket in one of the other museums included in the Museum Pass since they have less visitors than the Doge's Palace and therefore the waiting times are usually reduced.”

We are sorry you did not read it!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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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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