"San Marco - The heart of the city of Venice." Campi, Calle and Canali Tip by Jerelis

Campi, Calle and Canali, Venice: 59 reviews and 78 photos

  Relinde walking at Calla Larga di Via Marco XXIII.
by Jerelis

We can honestly state that the San Marco sestiere is the heart of the city of Venice. Of course it's impossible to miss the Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's Square) with its beautiful Basilica and Doge's Palace which is arguably the most important building in Venice. The elegant square is the focus of Venetian life and definately the focus of all the tourists. Maybe it's a very good idea to visit the bell-tower of San Marco, which towers over the city. It will show you a delightful view of the city, but most of all show you that the sestiere of San Marco is more than the Piazza San Marco.

For us a good time to have a look at this sestiere and try to find out whether it's possible in this busiest sestiere to stray around and feel if we're off the beaten path. We didn't succeed immediately as we started our hike at Calla Larga di Via Marco XXIII. This busy street is close to Piazza San Marco and we saw all the expensive boutique shops like Fendi, Gucci and other famous Italian brand name shops. It's a weird experience to see some people buying a fake Prada bag by some African vendors and after that deal was closed they moved themselves in front of the Gucci shop and have their picyure taken. It probably has to be the proof for friends and relatives at home that it's a real Prada bag! It's strange world after all!

For non-shoppers along the same street we discovered the Church of San Moise, which features a lavishly decorated facade in a baroque style. A beautiful contrast with the shops.

Sestiere of San Marco.

Western of Piazza San Marco ? a 1 minute walk.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2007
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