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MOSTRA DEI CIMELI DELLA BIBLIOTECA NAZIONALE MARCIANA E DELLA LIBRERIA VECCHIA DI SAN MARCO - Welcome to Italy





Location: VENICE


Entrance fee: (comprehensive for the Correr and the Archaeology Museum and the Libreria Sansoviniana) can be found at the Correr Museum (Napoleonica wing, Piazza San Marco).

Opening times:
  • up to 31st October: ore 9 a.m. - 19 p.m.
  • from 1st November: 9 a.m. - 17 p.m.

The historic halls of the Marciana National Library (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
The libreria, the work of Jacopo Sansovino, was built and decorated between 1537 and 1560, by order of the procurators of San Marco, as a place which could appropriately house the Greek and Latin manuscripts donated to the Republic of Venice by Cardinal Bessarione in 1468. Still today, it is part of the historic centre - together with the Zecca building which contains the reading rooms - of the Marciana National Library. This preserves precious manuscripts such as the Brevario Grimani and the Fra Mauro Mappamondo, as well as ancient editions, amongst which those of Aldo Manuzio.

The first floor opens up to the Vestibolo, the ceiling of which catches the eye for its Tiziano painting of La Sapienza, and to the room of the Libreria where, on the ceiling (a true "manifesto" of Venetian mannerist painting) it is possible to admire twenty one tondos, the work of seven painters chosen by Tiziano and Sansovino himself: the most famous are the three by Paolo Veronese; on the walls, there are portraits of Philosophers, some of which by Tintoretto and also by Veronese.

How to reach the Marciana National Library:

A.C.T.V. ferries, lines from the Piazzale Roma and from the Railway Station: n. 1, accelerato, and n. 82, diretto (ferry stops S. Marco Calle Vallaresso or S. Zaccaria); n. 41 (ferry stop S. Zaccaria); n. 51 (ferry stop S. Zaccaria); G2 (ferry stop S. Marco Giardinetti).