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).

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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…

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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…

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