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Unique cultural treasures: Discover the Marciana Regional Library with the Venice City Pass

Historical book from the state library Marciana at the St Mark'S Square in Venice Exterior view of the Marciana National Library in Venice Archway in the Marciana National Library in Venice Sculptures on the façade of the Marciana National Library in Venice

The Marciana National Library, which is part of St Mark's Basilica, was built on St Mark's Square in the 16th century and decorated with works of art by Titian, Tintoretto and many more. The first books in the National Library were donated by a cardinal in 1468. Over the years, the library became the National Library of the Republic of Venice - and is the last institution to have survived from this period. Today it has one of the most important collections of Greek, Latin and Oriental manuscripts and specialises in Venetian history, classical philology and collections of ancient geographical maps.

National library Marciana: a collection of precious manuscripts and books since the 16th century

This library has existed since the times of the Republic of Venice

Among the 900,000 works in the library's collection are 13,000 manuscripts, 25,000 prints from the 16th century and even 2884 incunabula - prints from the 15th century, the early days of book printing.

Special collections

The Marciana also contains extensive musical works, especially operas, and 6800 maps and early atlases.

Precious works

The treasures in the library are immeasurable, including editions of Homer from the 12th century, the oldest map of Venice and Marco Polo's will.



  • Rich collection of Greek, Latin and Oriental manuscripts
  • Approx. 1 million works on the premises 
  • Treasures from the early days of printing and priceless manuscripts 
  • Geographical maps and atlases such as the famous world map by Fra Mauro from the 15th century 
  • Magnificent building from the 16th century with works by important Venetian artists of the time 


Opening hours

Mo- Fri: 9.30 - 3.30 pm 

The library is closed on the following days: Every Sunday, 1 and 6 January, Easter Monday, 25 April ,1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 1 and 21 November, 8, 25 and 26 December 



Tickets for the National Library Marciana are included in the Venice City Pas. 


Important information

  • Please be aware that the access into the library with backpacks, suitcases, and other bulky bags is prohibited. 
  • A free tour (in Italian and English) takes place every second Sunday of the month at 2:30 pm. Registration is required to take part of this tour: simply call (+390412407211) or send a mail to biblioteca@marciana.venezia.sbn.it the library to reserve your spot. 



How to get there

Valaresso: Line 1
San Zaccaria: Line 1, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2
Giardinetti: Line 2 



Address: Piazzetta S. Marco 7 30124 Venezia, Italy 

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