Libreria Nazionale Marciana
Across Piazzetta San Marco from the Palazzo Ducale lies the gracious form of what Palladio described as the most sumptuous palace ever...
The two hardest-working men in Venice stand duty on a rooftop around the clock, and wear no pants. No need to file workers' complaints:...
Florian maintains rituals established c 1720: white-jacketed waiters serve cappuccino on silver trays, lovers canoodle in plush...
The basilica’s 99m-tall tower has been rebuilt twice since its initial construction in AD 888, and Galileo Galilei found it handy for testing his telescope in 1609. Critics called Bartolomeo Bon’s 16th-century tower redesign ungainly, but when this version suddenly collapsed in 1902, Venetians rebuilt the tower as it was, brick by brick.
Visitors head to the tower top for 360-degree lagoon views and close encounters with the Marangona, the booming bronze bell that could be heard in the Arsenale shipyards (bring earplugs on the hour). Sansovino's classical marble loggia at the base of the Campanile is decidedly secular, showcasing bronzes of pagan dieties Minerva, Apollo and Mercury, plus Peace.