Piazza San Marco Tour, Venice

Piazza San Marco Tour, Venice
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Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice. This is a place that enriched the cultural, social and economic life of Venice in the course of its history. The square is the host of the famous Venice landmarks as the Doge's Palace, Basilica San Marco and the Procuratie. Piazza San Marco is always full of people and pigeons.

Piazza San Marco Tour - Route Map

Guide Name: Piazza San Marco Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Author: naomi
Piazza San Marco

1) Piazza San Marco (must see)

Piazza San Marco, is the principal square of Venice. It is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic, which is confined to Venice's waterways. It is the only urban space called a piazza in Venice. As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and pigeons. The Piazza originated in the 9th century as a small area in front of the original St...   view more
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San Marco Clock Tower

2) San Marco Clock Tower (must see)

San Marco Clock Tower is a remarkably elaborate timepiece, showing time of day, phase of the moon, and current sign of the Zodiac. Above the clock face one can see the winged lion of Saint Mark against a backdrop of blue with gold stars. In 1858 it was made the official timekeeper of Venice. At the very top of the tower there are two bronze figures of Moors holding a club preparing to strike the bell indicating the time of the...   view more
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Cafe Lavena

3) Cafe Lavena

Established in 1750 café lLavena has its origins in the popular Venice of the 17th century. As the other cafés of St Mark's Square, Lavena equally had its part in intellectual life in the city. The person who gave lustre to Caffé Lavena, patronizing it from his first coming to Venice and becoming an habitual customer, was the composer Richard Wagner. Almost every day from five to six in the afternoon, Wagner used to visit Caffé Lavena and stay for half an hour, conversing very often...   view more
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Procuratie Vecchie

4) Procuratie Vecchie

The Procuratie (literally, "procuracies") are three connected buildings on St Mark's Square in Venice. They are also connected to St Mark's Clocktower. They are historic buildings over arcades, the last of them completed, to finish off the square, under Napoleon's occupation. The oldest of the buildings is the Procuratie Vecchie on the north side of the Square, built as a two-storey structure in the twelfth century, to house the offices and apartments of the procurators...   view more
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Museo Archeologico

5) Museo Archeologico

In 1523 Cardinal Domenico Grimani offered the City of Venice a very important collection of sculptures and antique art pieces, some of which came from ancient Greece, Egypt and Assyria-Babylon. Nowadays, the museum contains bronze sculptures, potteries, jewels and coins. A wonderful lesson in art and history for all - children, students, elders.

The Archaeological Museum is part of the museum complex in Piazza San Marco, thus it has same location and can be visited with single ticket, which...   view more
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Procuratie Nuove

6) Procuratie Nuove

The Procuratie (literally, "procuracies") are three connected buildings on St Mark's Square in Venice. They are also connected to St Mark's Clocktower. They are historic buildings over arcades, the last of them completed, to finish off the square, under Napoleon's occupation. Procuratie Nuove are the continuation of the compositional scheme of the Sansovino Library, and define the south side of the Piazza San Marco. The Procuratie Nuove, on the south side of the Square...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Cafe Florian

7) Cafe Florian

Cafe Florian is the oldest cafe in Italy, providing its services from 1720. Due to its prestigious position it is almost a symbol of Venice. It was the meeting place of artists and poets, writers and politicians. Marble tables and cushion chairs get along also under the arcades and on the piazza where an orchestra plays from the late afternoon. The cafe offers a wide range of unique products, such as different kinds of coffees and teas, room fragrances,...   view more
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Campanile of San Marco

8) Campanile of San Marco

St Mark's Campanile (Campanile di San Marco in Italian) is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy, located in the Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The tower is 98.6 meters (323 ft) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark's Square, near the front of the basilica. It has a simple form, the bulk of which is a fluted brick square shaft, 12 meters (39 ft) wide on each side and 50 meters (160 ft) tall, above which is a loggia...   view more
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San Marco and San Todaro Columns

9) San Marco and San Todaro Columns

San Marco and San Todaro Columns were raised up in 1180 at the entrance of the Piazzetta San Marco. On top of one there is the figure of Saint Theodore, the first patron of Venice, on top of the other column there is the lion of Saint Mark, the second and present patron of Venice. It was also the site of executions in the...   view more
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Doge's Palace

10) Doge's Palace (must see)

The Doge's Palace was the symbol and the heart of political life and administration throughout the history of the Republic of Venice. Since 1923 the Palace has been open as a museum to the public. After receiving the patent, Titian became an overseer of official work and was engaged to finish the work of Giovanni Bellini, in the Doge's Palace. Also he was hired by the dukes to paint their portraits and he finished 20 of them. You can admire the amazing work done by Titian throughout...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Bridge of Sighs

11) Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs was the bridge that connected the rooms of the Palazzo Ducale to the courts in the Prigioni Nuove, resulting from an enlargement of the palace and divided from the main body by a small channel. What today seems like a sentimental name, comes from the romantic literature which described the transition of prisoners taken by nostalgia at the sight of the Venetian countryside. It was built in the years between the 16th and 17th century, in white Istrian...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

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