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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

Piazza San Marco

5 stars
St. Mark's Square is the heart of Venice. Overlooking the bay, it's a gateway to the mainland. There are St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, Correr Museum, the new government office and the square clock tower around. It's known as the world's most beautiful square, which attracts tourists from around the world.
Depending on the season, especially in the winter season, the effects of high water makes the square flooded. In that case the people should set up girders like a bridge. Normally in the square there are tables of bars and restaurants and you can enjoy live musics performed outside.

Venice If you need to go to toilet near St. Mark's!?
In St. Mark's square there are many signs of toilets, but most of them are pay toilets. Typically it costs 50-60 cents.
For "Venice Card" holders it's free.
(July 2007)

  • Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
    Palace of the Governors and Government office of the old Republic of Venice
  • St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)
    Byzantine style of 11th century, the former chapel of governor's residence
  • Bell Tower (Campanile di San Marco)
    Height of 96.8m, it's possible to climb to the top by elevator and overlook the lagoon and the city. 6 euros
  • Old Government House (Procuratie Vecchie)
    Right side of St. Mark's Basilica, a three floors building with corridors
  • Moorish Clock Tower (Torre del'Orologio)
    At the same side of the old government house. It's a landmark to go the Rialto Bridge.
  • New Government House (Procuratie Nuove)
    Left side of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Cafe Florian (Caffè Florian)
    Venice's oldest cafe established in 18th century
  • St. Mark's Library (Libreria Sansoviniana)
    Renaissance style of 16th century, by architect Sansovino
  • Mint (Zecca)
    Renaissance style by architect Sansovino
  • Napoleon wing (Ala Napoleonica)
    The building located in front of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Correr Museum (Museo Civico Correr)
    The entrance is found at the Napoleon wing.
  • Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico)
  • Risorgimento Museum
  • Leoni square (Piazetta dei Leoni)
  • Left side from St. Mark's Basilica

St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

Basilica San Marco

5 stars
The church is dedicated to Mark the Evangelist. St. Mark's body was brought from Egypt in the 9th century and is conserved.
At the top of the front entrance there are 4 bronze horse statues. These are the works of around 400 BC. The Venetian Crusaders brought back these statues from Constantinople in the 13th century.
A winged lion shining in the center of the church is a symbol of the patron saint of Venice, San Marco. It's also used as a symbol mark of the Venice Film Festival.

The interior is decorated with impressive mosaics. It's often seen the Byzantine artistic influence. Far behind the major central altar, there is a golden altar, "Pala d'Oro". The saint figure is decorated with enamels, gold and numerous jewelries.

Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Palazzo Ducale Venezia

5 stars
Doge's Palace in St. Mark's square was built as a palace of the Governors and Government Office of the Republic of Venice in the 8th century. It was renovated into the present form in the 15th century due to fire.
Its successive Gothic arches with delicate decoration have also the influence of Islamic architecture.

The entrance is located right behind the treasury of St. Mark's Basilica. There are lots of precious paintings inside. One of the most important paintings is of Tintoretto, a major Venetian painter of the Renaissance: "Heaven (Paradiso)", 7 × 22m. This work is considered the world's largest oil painting. It's located in the Council room on the second floor.

Correr Museum (Museo Civico Correr)


4 stars
The second floor and third floor of the Napoleon wing, in front of St. Mark's Basilica is the Correr Museum. It collects paintings, old coins, old maps, models of medieval galleys etc... You can learn the customs and lifestyle of the Venetians at the time. There is another interesting exhibition like "old menu".

Famous collections
Antonello da Messina, "Pieta''"
Carpaccio "Two ladys of Venice (Le due Veneziane)"