Legendary Eateries in Venice’s Piazza San Marco: History, Glamour and Staying Power

Feb 21, 2020 231

BY: Lucy Gordan

Italy’s major cities count at least one world-famous piazza. From south to north:  Naples: Piazza del Plebiscito; Rome: Piazza Navona, Piazza Barberini, and Piazza di Spagna; Florence: Piazza della Signoria; Bologna: Piazza Maggiore; Genoa: Piazza de Ferrari; Turin: Piazza San Carlo; Milan: Piazza del Duomo; Padua: Piazza delle Erbe and Prato della Valle, the largest public square in Italy and one of the largest in Europe; Verona: Piazza Bra; Trieste: Piazza Unità d’Italia, and Venice: Piazza San Marco.

On May 26, 1805 Napoleon was crowned King of Italy (reigned 1806-14).  He soon realized that he needed a large site there for his administration as well as lodgings for his (potentially significant) court when on a state visit.  He chose Piazza San Marco, the political and religious center of the old Venetian Republic, and selected the Zecca (mint), the Libreria Marciana (the great library and masterpiece of Renaissance architect Jacopo Sansovino (1486-1570)), and the Procuratie Nuove to house his royal palace.

Read more

SOURCE: https://www.lavocedinewyork.com

You may be interested