Two days in Rome, one day in Florence and the following day, we cruised in the waters of Venice while passing by the iconic buildings and other huge cruise ships. Venice on this Sunday was crazily packed until we couldn't immediately get down from the boat. We waited and when signalled to walk, we followed the line of people in the extremely hot summer while ensuring we don't loose sight of our guide who was leading in front.
At Piazza San Marco we met the Italian tour guide who spoke about the significance of this piazza, often known as St Mark's square and constructed in the ninth century as a small square dotted with trees. Again rebuilt in 1912 after the original tower collapsed in 1902, Piazza San Marco is filled with centuries of history, including as the location of important government buildings and others facilities central in Venice.
With the grand St Mark's Church at one end, the Campanile bell tower rising in the center, the Doge palace close by and the arcade of famous cafes on three sides, you can’t possibly rush through with admiring the incredibly beautiful square. While St. Mark’s church was built in Venetian-Byzantine style with a mixture of western and eastern styles, the Gothic structure of Doge Palace was completed in the early fifteenth century though parts of it were rebuilt after a fire in 1574. Piazza San Marco is full of pigeons but as told by the guide, feeding them is no longer allowed.
After the ride, retail therapy was the other moment of truth. Finally, bye-bye to Venice prior to looking forward to Verona the next day.
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