ST. MARK’S SQUARE: THE HEART OF VENICE
Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) is the heart of the city.
Here you will find the famous Basilica with its bell tower, Palazzo Ducale (the Doge’s Palace), the Correr Museum and the oldest and most elegant cafés.
During the Serenissima period (i.e. the 1,000-year-old Venetian Republic starting around 700 d.C) when our city was a strong maritime power and the queen of the Adriatic sea, this square was the political heart, while Rialto area was its commercial centre.
Nowadays the Square belongs mostly to the tourists and the pidgeons. We tend to walk through what we consider, quoting Napoleon’s words, “the finest drawing room in Europe” early in the morning and in the evening to avoid the crowd.
Venetians do not usually sit out at the famous cafés of the Piazza. It is quite expensive, especially when the orchestras are playing. So we do it only on special occasions. We prefer to stand up at the bar inside for a cocktail or a coffee, where the prices are much lower.
THE FLORIAN CAFE’, THE OLDEST IN EUROPE
Our suggestion is to go inside the Caffe Florian under the Procuratie Nove and drink a coffee standing, taking a glance at its sumptuous interior. Founded in 1720, this is considered the oldest cafè in Europe.
Potrebbe interessarti anche
FESTA DEL REDENTORE
Redentore is probably the most loved of the traditional festivals and it takes place on the 3rd weekend of July. It is lived by Venetians with great participation and celebrates the end of a terrible plague. A temporary pontoon bridge is set up between the...leggi tutto
WHERE TO EAT A GOOD TIRAMISU IN VENICE
Tiramisù is probably the most popular Italian dessert. In this post we will share with you infromation about is and one of our favourite places.ITS DISPUTED ORIGINSavoiardi bisquits, eggs, marcarpone cheese, coffee, bitter cacao powder. We all know the...leggi tutto
Probably the most typical of Venetian rituals is for friends to meet in the evening at their favourite 'bacaro' (a particular type of Venetian winebar) and have a spritz together, before going home for dinner. Spritz is our aperitif, made with white wine...leggi tutto
BIENNALE ART EXHIBITION 2019: WHEN IT TAKES PLACE AND WHAT IT IS ABOUT
WHAT IS THE BIENNALE? La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) is one of the most important cultural institutions of the city. And one of the most prestigious in the world. It was established in 1895 and it organizes exhibitions of Art, Architecture,...leggi tutto