The St. Mark’s square is one of the most beautiful squares in the entire world. Due to its shape, its resembles a giant sitting room, surrounded by St. Mark’s Basilica – a blaze of gold and pinnacles -, Procuratìe Vecchie, Napoleonic wing and the Correr Museum. The famous clock tower, 100 metres high, the Doge’s Palace made of stone brought from Istria and Verona, the columns bearing St. Mark’s Lion and St. Theodore enclose the square part of the “Piazza”, which gives onto the St. Mark’s basin. The view from there is spectacular. The St. George’s island and the Palladian architecture, the Basilica of St. Mary of Health, the visible patch of the lagoon and the gondolas offer a unique show to every tourist. The square is also known for its historical cafés, Florian and Quadri, each in turn trying to win over the crowd with the sound of their orchestras.
Not far from the square, on the Riva degli Schiavoni, you’ll find the famous Sospiri Bridge – one of the last places almost in open air from which the convicts were able to see Venice, probably for the last time, before being imprisoned.