Piazza San Marco
The Basilica of San Marco overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in the world, a real marble salon, which has been the city center for centuries. The most important religious and civil ceremonies have been held next to both the Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Now the Piazza San Marco is considered the city’s main symbol and tourist attraction.
This great square overlooking the water is a mixture of space, volume and style: the Procurator’s residence, the bell tower, the Doge’s Palace and the Sansoviniana Bookshop.
On Ascension day, the Doge and the city’s most important members got on board and sailed out to the Adriatic, through the Lido port. Here the Doge threw a ring, symbolizing union between Venice and water, into the sea and pronounced the solemn formula: ‘We wed you oh sea, in the sign of true, eternal dominion’.