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Monumental Rooms of the Marciana Library



Constructed on a plan by J. Sansovino and completed by V. Scamozzi, the monumental rooms of St Mark’s National Library open off an imposing doorway. The entrance hall ceiling features Wisdom by Titian while in the false niches of the walls of the Reading Room is a series of paintings, among which The Philosophers by J. Tintoretto. The library has valuable examples of Byzantine and Venetian bound books, as well as illuminated manuscripts, early printed books and illuminated codes. Situated in the area once occupied by the Venice Mint, you enter through the grand doorway by V. Scamozzi. The great Reading Room occupies what was once a central courtyard covered by a wide skylight. The library includes Greek and Latin codices, manuscripts and early printed books. It seems that it was founded thanks to Franceso Petrarch who promised to leave his manuscripts to Venice if a library named after St Mark were to be built. Next to the Correr Museum is the Archeological Museum with a rich and precious collection of ancient sculptures, including many Greek originals, as well as numismatic archeological collections. 

Monday to Friday 8.10am-7pm Saturday 8.10am-1.30pm
The library has organized guided visits to the monumental Halls of Sansovino's Library, reservation by phone (Dr. Elena De Mattia e Ms. Mariachiara Mazzariol, tel. n. 0412407223 Sat. and Sun. from 9am - to 5pm).

The monumental Halls of Sansovino's Library belong to the St. Mark's Square integrated itinerary with unique entrance at Correr Museum.

Address and Info

Address: Piazza S.Marco 13/a, 30124, Venezia

AreaVenezia, City Center, San Marco

Work telephone number: 0412407211



Getting there: Line 1 or Line 2, Vallaresso or San Zaccaria stop; Line 5.1 or Line 4.1, San Zaccaria stop

Opening times: From April to October 10am-7pm, daily. From November to March 10am-5pm. Last entrance one hour before closing time. Closed December 25, January 1.

Additional informationGUIDED VISITS

Second Sunday of the month special visit illustrating in depth the artistic decoration of the rooms, at 10.30am,12am,3pm; on other Sundays, the staff will give general information of the buiding and collections, at 10.30am, 12am and 3pm; from Monday to Friday visits on on reservation
Reservation tel. (+39)0412407238


  • Accessible for disabled people Accessible for disabled people


Full price: 18

Reduced price: 11

Reduced price for: Ticket for St. Mark's Square Museums E.U. students aged 15 to 29, E.U. citizen over 65, holders Rolling Venice Card. Euro 3,00 U.E. Students aged 6 to 14.