The Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower and Mercerie

You are now on the Ponte della Paglia, the Bridge of Hay, where boats would drop off stacks of hay for the horses’ stables inside the Palazzo Ducale on the ground floor. [...]

Doge's Palace, the Columns of Mark and Theodore and St. Mark's Basin

The Doge’s Palace, the centre of Venetian power, residence of the Doge and home to the judiciary, this is where the governance of the city took place. [...]

Piazza San Marco, Cafè Florian, Campanile and Loggetta and Basilica of San Marco

You are now entering Piazza San Marco. This is the true heart of Venice, which Napoleon called “the most elegant drawing-room in Europe”. [...]

Saint Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco, in Italian)

Venice has only one square or piazza: St.Mark’s Square, a 170 meter-long trapezoid which differs from all other squares that are called "campi" (fields). [...]

The best things to do in Venice

It is no surprise that Venice is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, having around 20 million visitors each year, you'll find it hard to discover a more sought after place. The real challenge of visiting… [...]

In the Shade of San Marco

The building of St.Mark’s Bell Tower (once used as a lighthouse) begun in XI century under the Doge Pietro Tribuno but the current look was reached only between 1511 and 1514. [...]

St. Mark's Square - the history of Venice

St. Mark's Square (San Marco, in Italian) is one of the most important, beautiful and fascinating places in Italy, famous worldwide for its beauty, its magic and its architectural integrity. [...]

The new prisons

The new prisons were fundamental to the maintenance of order in Venice and were the first buildings in Europe built specifically for realization of judicial and custodial functions. [...]

Lords of the prisons

The "lords" of the new prisons in Venice were the guards, the Lords by night at the Criminal and the most important, Council of 10. [...]

The Clock Tower

The Clock Tower, or as it is usually called Moors Tower, is one of Venice landmarks. [...]

The torment of prisoners

The three forms of punishment practised against prisoners to corret their wrongful conduct in Venice: pleadings, tortures and galleys. [...]

The hidden gems of Venice

Considering that the island of Venice isn’t one of the biggest places in the world you’d be surprised with how many "gems" could be hidden here. [...]

The Lion and Theodore

Once the basin of San Marco was the sea port of Venice and those who came by ship could admire the impressive unique architecture of Palazzo Ducale, seat of the Venetian power, and two marble and granite columns topped by the statues of the two patron saints of Venice: the winged Lion, symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist, and “Todaro”, the Byzantine St. Theodore of Amasea, who was the first protector of the city. [...]