The city of Venice in Northern Italy is often described as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Since the 18th century, tourists from all over the world have fallen in love with its gondola-laden canals and magnificent architectural sites. TUniqueness earned the city the distinction of being one of the most visited cities in the world. Venice, once the seat of maritime power is equally famous for its beautiful cityscape which has inspired the artistic legacies of the City dating back to the Renaissance. It also played a significant role in the history of symphonic and operatic music and in the 1980s with the revival of the Carnival of Venice, the City established itself as a major venue for international theater, cinema and other artistic festivals like the Venice Biennale and the Venice Film Festival.
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St. Mark’s Square
Piazza San Marco, also known as St. Mark’s Square, is the major Piazza right in the heart of Venice. It used to be a just small area in front of St. Mark’s Basilica in the 9th century, but was expanded to its present size in 1177. During the French occupation iof 1797, Napoleon converted the piazza into a royal palace and a new wing was designed by Giuseppe Soli in 1810. The Piazza gives tourists a wonderful view of the Basilica of San Marco, Logetta and the Campanille. The Piazza is surrounded by the Clock tower with an archway underneath which leads to Merceria Street and the financial and commercial district of Rialto. Beyond it are the Procuratie Vecchie buildings. On the southern side of the Piazza visitors can find the Sansovino designed Libreria, just across the Piazetta and beyond it are the Procuratie Nuove buildings. On the western part, the Napoleon wing can be seen, leading to the entrance of the Correr Museum. There are cafes and shops near the museum, the most famous of which are the Caffe Florian and the Gran Caffe Quadri. The Piazza is always teeming with pigeons and makes an ideal spot for relaxing and meeting people. The Piazza is often described as one of the great urban spaces of Europe and served as the inspiration of the Austin J. Tobin Plaza which used to be located in the World Trade Center in New York City.