Venice is known for many reasons. From its history to its culture and even its architecture, this amazing destination for travel welcomes millions of visitors each year. One of the truly unique experiences of Venice is the Piazza San Marco. This is where everyone in Venice goes to see and be seen, and has for centuries. After all, piazzas were the hubs of life of any Italian city, with the markets as well as civic and religious life. These traditions still hold true in this day and age, and it’s a wonderful way to experience the city as well as its vast history. Coconut Club Vacations reviews a few must-sees of Venice’s most famous square.
St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the most important religious landmarks in not only Italy, but all of Europe. This is where the remains of Saint Mark have been kept since 829. It is also here that the Venetian crusaders brought back thousands of art treasures after the fall of the Roman Empire. The treasures were lavished on the basilica, and it is covered in gold mosaics, magnificent Byzantine artwork, stunning marble and beautiful icons.
The second most iconic building in Piazza San Marco is the Doge’s palace. It stands right next to Saint Mark’s Basilica. It is a unique juxtaposition of architecture next to the basilica’s domes and has an airy design. There are stunning carvings along the palaces arcade, but the true treasures lie within. Inside you will find the walls adorned with the great Italian masters including Bellini, Carpaccio, Veronese, and Titian. The most famous painting in the Doge’s palace is by Tintoretto and resides in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio.
After you are done exploring these icons of Venice, spend the rest of your time enjoying the Piazza San Marco as it is meant to be enjoyed. Peruse the many booths selling all sorts of wares, or sit down at one of the many patios and wrap your fork around some of the best pasta you will ever have the joy of biting into in your lifetime. Sit back, take it all in, and people watch, just like a true Venetian would.