"Piazza San Marco - "Finest drawing room in Europe"" Venice Tourist Trap Tip by Jerelis

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  Overview of the Piazza di San Marco.
by Jerelis

The Procuratie vecchie (north side from the Campanile) and Procuratie Nuove (west side includes the Libreria di San Marco) run along the two extensive sides. They are known as old (vecchie) and new (nuove) on the basis of the age of the buildings. The Camapanile is also the beginning for the 3th row of arcades, which is known as the Merceria. This name refers to the many shops on both sides of it. Today it's still the place to buy the finest local and international products.

Napoleon called the Piazza "the finest drawing room in Europe". It's even more in our opinion as it is bordered by historic buildings. The world famous Basilica is definitely the jewel in Venice's richly embellished crown. Although our preference is usually for less exuberant architecture, we nevertheless found that visiting the incredibly exotic and ornate structure was an utterly breathtaking experience. The current efidence of construction of this first Venetian place to worship date back to 900 years ago! It was the private chapel of the Doges until Napoleon liquidated the republic, after which time it became the city's cathedral.

Unique Suggestions: Do it all .. it's also a must see ... sorry! :-)

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  • Written Jun 24, 2005
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