I fondly remember my first visit to Venice. It was a decade ago when I first stepped onto the ancient pavement of Piazza San Marco, a place steeped in history and beauty. This year I returned here to rediscover the magic of this iconic space.
Piazza San Marco: the vibrant heart of Venice
Piazza San Marco, the vibrant heart of Venice, is a time capsule, a gateway to the rich and complex history of the Serenissima. Strolling through Venice’s Piazza San Marco, you feel the Byzantine and Gothic details intertwine in a visual dialogue that spans centuries.
Piazza San Marco, also known as the “Salon of Europe”, is trapezoidal in shape and about 170 metres long.
This Italian piazza is bordered by several iconic buildings, including the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s Palace, the Clock Tower or Campanila San Marco.
The Clock Tower of Venice, also known as the Torre dell’Orologio, is one of the most impressive and technologically advanced structures in the city. With an astronomical clock displaying time, moon phases and the zodiac, the tower symbolises the influence of science and astronomy in Venetian culture.
Campanile di San Marco or it. Campanile di San Marco is the bell tower of the Basilica of Saint Mark.
The Basilica of San Marco, the cathedral of Venice, is an impressive building with Byzantine architecture and a rich collection of works of art.
The Coloana di San Teodoro, another iconic symbol of the city, is located in the vicinity of the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s Palace. The column, brought from Constantinople, underlines the historical links between Venice and Byzantium.
The Lion of Saint Mark, representing a winged lion, is also a recognised symbol of Venice, linked to Saint Mark, the spiritual patron of the city.
Eternal Beauty of Venice
With every article I write about Venice, I try to capture the essence of this floating city. But Piazza San Marco, with its eternal pulse, always manages to surprise. It is a place where past and present embrace each other harmoniously, and every stone seems to be a page from the city’s diary.
Although we returned here after almost a decade, Piazza San Marco retains its charm unaltered. Restorations and improvements prolong the life of the place, but the spirit remains unchanged, preserving the mystery and splendour of Venice.