The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, cultural hub in San Marco

by Stefania Vida
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

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One of the main symbols of Venetian culture, located in the very heart of the city, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana is a not-to-be-missed venue while in the city.

If you stand with your back to Palazzo Ducale you can admire the magnificent Palazzo della Libreria Sansovina, the seat of the Biblioteca Marciana (Marciana National Library), a symbol of Venetian culture. This library boasts a heritage collection of more than one million books preserved alongside the works of great masters including Titian and Tintoretto. Its headquarters, located in the former Mint of Venice and, more specifically, in Piazzetta San Marco, include the adjacent building of the Public Library of St. Mark, with its ancient Reading Room and Vestibule. Some interesting facts for book lovers: its impressive heritage collection includes approximately 1,000,000 books, 13,117 bound manuscripts and 4,639 unbound manuscripts, 2,887 incunabula (documents printed before 1501) and 24,060 ‘cinquecentine’ (16th-century editions).

Discover the Monumental Rooms

Monumental hall at Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

A visit to the Monumental Rooms of the Library is an absolute ‘must’ (opening hours: 10am-7pm). Featuring an extraordinary Staircase of Honour, a Vestibule, which was later transformed into a Public Statuary, and an ornately decorated Library Room, it is of significant artistic and historical interest and well worth a visit. You can access the Monumental Rooms through the entrance of the Correr Museum (St. Mark’s Square, Napoleonic Wing) using the single ticket for all the Museums in St. Mark’s Square, valid for the Doge’s Palace and the combined itinerary of the Museo Correr, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Monumental Rooms of the Marciana National Library.

Vaporetto lines:
line 1 (Rialto Mercato) or traghetto from Campo Santa Sofia (€2).

GPS: 45.43333, 12.33939
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Piazza San Marco, 7 (library)
Piazza San Marco 13/a (Monumental Rooms)

Library: Open Mon-Fri 8am-7pm

Free guided tours of the Library are organized every second Sunday of the month, booking required.

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