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Our most recent to Venice, once again saw us undertake a long walk through the crowds, to San Marco Square. We were drawn there by the magnificent buildings located in the vicinity of the square.
The Ala Napoleonica closes off one end of the square...More
This large building is situated at one end of Saint Mark's square opposite Saint Marks Basilica. It's arches provide welcome shade from the summer sun. There is an expensive glassware shop but you will also find the entrance to the Correr Museum which is well...More
The English translation is: "Napoleonic Wing" of the Procuratie in St. Mark's Square.
It's a bit more than 200 years old now (built in 1810). It is one of the three sides that enclose St. Mark's Square; the other two are: the Procuratie Nuove and...More
Between 1805 and 1814, Napoleon, lived in the Procuratie Nuove whenever he visited Venice. Later he ordered the construction of the third building that finishes off the end of the piazza, now known as the Ala Napoleonica. The royal palace was situated in this wing....More
Date of experience: June 2016
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The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and
Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.