Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square is the symbolic heart of Venice. It’s best described in The Companion Guide to Venice by Hugh Honour.
“beautiful at all times of day or night and all seasons of the year. It is one of the few delicate works of architecture that can absorb a bustling vulgar crowd without loss of dignity; a great city square which retains a feeling of animation when there are few people in it.”
– Published 24 May 2001, The Companion Guide to Venice, Hugh Honour,
It was Italy’s National Day on the morning I stepped in to Venice. The day was sunny and clear. No wonder everyone was at St. Mark’s Square to watch the parade and soak in the sunshine!
A great place to sit on the marble steps of St. Mark’s Basilica with the pigeons and watch the world go by!