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Piazza San Marco, Venezia, Italy, 2007[open in full screen]  

 
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There are 191 squares in Venezia [counted by urbansquares]. They are named: corte, campo, campiello or squero but according to the Venezians only this one deserved to be called PIAZZA. This, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, is just about right proportions with two connected piazzettas and it accommodates so many magnificent buildings.

  Basilica San Marco [1063-94], Palazzo Ducale [1340-1457], Campanile [1173, restored in 16th century, rebuilt after collapse in 1902], Torre Dell'Orologio [monumental entrance to the piazza, 15th century], Libraria Sansoviniana [Sansovino 1537-1588], Procuratie Vecchie [12th century, rebuilt in 16th], Procuratie Nuove [1582].

Last building, the Ala Napoleonica, closing the piazza from the west added by Napoleon around 1810 added even more harmony to the PIAZZA.

  Numerous other entertainment, cafes with live classical music [cafee Florian opened its doors in 1720], shopping and souvenir stands, are making this space always live and full of people even during the period when flooded by acqua alta [high tide].

Just look at the excited faces of the visitors on the full screen panorama. Small photo is showing locals going after their own bussines behind all the fuss.

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