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Considered by many as the most beautiful, romantic and unique city on earth, I must agree, should be on every travelers bucket list. This gallery of photos is a sample of San Marco which is the main square or piazza of Venice. You can buy a Rolex for thirty thousand euros or a gelato for two or three euros. Or pay an exhorbitant amount to sip coffee in a place to be seen. There are many shops and restaurants off the piazza and heading towards the Rialto. There is much atmosphere day and night.
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Photo 1. This vista image of the piazza shows how popular it is. Crowds gather to gain entry to the Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs (right), Saint Mark's Church (right background) and the Campanile tower (left). The clock tower (back centre) is a popular meeting place and the archway leads to the Rialto. The main quadrangle is to the left of the Campanile and is shown in the fourth image.
Photo 2. This image was taken early morning on the quiet canal, Rio di Palazzo. The Ponte de Sospiri, Bridge of Sighs is seen in the distance. Some of the images in this gallery were taken around 5am when all is still and peaceful. In some parts you can "hear a pin drop".
Photo 3. This pair of Lion Statues stand proud albeit weather beaten near the clock tower and St Mark's Basilica. The lion is an icon of Venice due to St Mark being represented by a winged lion, its figure adorns one of the columns at the forefront of the piazza.
Photo 4. Looking east towards St Mark's Basilica and the Campanile from the museum end of the piazza. It is still early and only a few people are moving about. Early morning belongs to the pigeons who outnumber us by a big margin.
Photo 5. The Doge's Palace welcomes another days dawn and the outdoor furniture has a well earned rest. Soon the tides of people will fill the piazza again.
Photo 6. It is 5am as the sun rises behind San Marco. The piazza is almost empty and the few sounds are amplified in my ears. One has a sense of ownership for a fleeting moment.
Photo 7. Along the waterfront people stroll enjoying the atmosphere as the night approaches. Here the gondoliers vie for business and the vaporettos constantly come and go.
Photo 8. A couple set off on a romantic evening gondola ride. They will travel under the Bridge of Sighs and through the small canals where you hear sounds of lapping water, singing tenors and accordions. Only in Venice.
Photo 9. Dawn breaks as San Giorgio Maggiore becomes visible across the water from San Marco.
Photo 10. A young boy surveys one of the beautifully painted arches of St Mark's basilica. Getting up early has its advantages. Later he would not see very much at all.
Photo 11. This small canal runs parallel to the piazza. The surface is almost undisturbed.
Photo 12. Perhaps Venice may have looked this way a couple of hundred years ago. My web pages contain many more images from Venice. This gallery aims at showing a sample from one of the most popular areas. More galleries are on the way.
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