MARK’S SQUARE: A DAY IN THE HEART OF VENICE
I love Venice, I chose it as the place dearest to my heart and it’s the city I know better to which I’ve already dedicated a post containing an itinerary to follow in Venice in 2 days for those who want to admire Titian’s masterpieces housed in the city.
I’ve also dedicated some posts to the most beautiful Palaces and monuments overlooking the Grand Canal, such as the Rialto Bridge. But I haven’t dedicated a post to St. Mark’s Square, yet.
If you visit Venice, especially if it’s the first time, you must go to St. Mark’s Square because it’s the heart of the city, and above all it’s an open-air museum.
Here are my suggestions about what to see and what to do in St. Mark’s Square.
You’re spoilt for choice, when you arrive at the only square of Venice.
You can start by using one ticket which offers the admission to the museums located in St. Mark’s Square, and allows you to enter the majestic rooms of the National Library of St. Mark.
The second leg is the Museo Correr housing some of the most precious masterpieces of Venetian art, which has been recently renovated with the new Canova Section dedicated to the sculptor Antonio Canova whose images I showed you in advance.
After the masterpieces of Venetian art, you must visit the St. Mark’s Basilica, whose majestic facade dominates the Square, and inside the church you’ll be fascinated by gold ground mosaics and oriental-style decorations.
From the Basilica you enter the rooms of St. Mark’s Treasure featuring around 283 golden objects and objects made up of precious stones of several historic periods, which narrate the thousand-year old history of Venice and its role as an economic, political and military power in the Mediterranean Sea.
Always inside the Basilica, you must absolutely see the Pala d’Oro (the Golden Pall or Cloth), because it’s one of the rare example of Gothic goldensmithing.
Eventually, you must have a look at St. Mark’s Square from the bell tower in order to embrace Venice entirely.
But don’t forget that you can go up to the Clock Tower that is located in St. Mark’s Square, as well, and where you can admire closely the Moors who strike the hour on a huge bell.
At this point, your itinerary can’t come without a visit to the Doge’s Palace, which once was the seat of Venice’s political power, and where you can still breathe its history.
READ ALSO: 5 things to know about St. Mark’s Square.
Where to eat in Venice, near St. Mark’s Square
I had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe Venice, 2 minutes away from St. Mark’s Square (Bacino Orseolo, San Marco 1192).
I suggest it because: it’s the typical Hard Rock Café but in an ancient Venetian atmosphere.