Your first impressions of Venice will be established right here, on ‘la Piazza’. Stand in the middle of the Piazza di San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), and you’ll find yourself transported to an age of aristocracy, political innovation and artistic vision. Coupled with its extension – la Piazzetta – it has always been at the core of Venetian society, and is centre stage for the fervid Carnevale celebrations.
Highlights: The famous Columns of St. Mark and St. Theodore, and the San Marco Basin beyond, which is where the Canal Grande meets the greater San Marco Canal, overlooking the Lagoon.
Time to Explore: Half an hour, if you don’t go inside any of the surrounding attractions!
What’s Close? The Basilica San Marco, the Campanile San Marco, the Torre dell’Orologio, the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) and the Ponte dei Sospiri, the Museo Correr, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, the Procuratie Vecchie and the Procuratie Nuove all flank the square.