About the Virtual Tour
Around 80 hotspots, 25 shops, Jewelleries, Art Galleries, Cafés, cultural and artistic attractions featured, each one with its photogallery, description, contacts and links.
- facing St. Mark's Basilica, the Clocktower and St. Mark's Campanile and Loggetta
- next to the Doge's Palace, Grand Canal and Biblioteca Marciana (on the Piazzetta)
- St. Mark's Square, between the Procuratie Nuove and the Procuratie Vecchie
- at the end of the Square, towards the Napoleonic Wing.
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About St. Mark's Square
The square was first built in the 9th century. In 1177 it was extended to the size we see today. It's always been the civic and cultural centre of Venice. Here are located some of the most beautiful buildings in the world: St. Mark's Basilica (11th century) is maybe the most famous example of Byzantine architecture and is a symbol of the Republic of Venice's past wealth and power; the Doge's Palace, in Italian "Palazzo Ducale", (14-15th century) is a magnificent and unique gothic building with really stunning colour contrasts and inside it keeps paintings by Tintoretto and Veronese; St. Mark's Clocktower (the Moors' Clocktower), built between 1496 and 1499. St. Mark's Campanile (belltower) was originally built in the 12th century and was rebuilt four hundred years later; it collapsed in 1902 and rebuilt as it was in 1912. The Procuratie Vecchie were built at first in the 12th cen. and rebuilt in 16th cen. They were the apartments and offices of the Procurators of San Marco. On the other side of the square are the Procuratie Nuove (16-17th cen.). St. Mark's Square is closed by the neoclassical Napoleonic Wing (1810), born as house of Napoleonic Governor offices. The Procuratie buildings house historic venetian cafés: Caffè Florian (since 1720), Caffè Quadri, Caffè Lavena. Also, there are some of the most famous and finest jewelleries and art galleries in the world.