Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco, also known as Saint Mark's Square, is the largest and one of the most important tourist attractions of Venice. Being the widest swath of flat, open land in the water-bound city, the square has long been a popular destination for visitors to enjoy the true essence of Venice. Since the earlier Republic days, life has revolved around this piazza; then it was a market, as well as the center of social, religious and political life. Being of the finest squares in the world, Piazza San Marco is certainly Venice's prime attraction. The square is surrounded by the stately arcades of public buildings on three sides and on the fourth, by Basilica di San Marco's riot of domes, arches, and the soaring St. Mark's campanile. It is 180 m long and 70 m wide and is the only “piazza” in Venice, and the remaining squares are called “piazzales” or “campos”. The Piazza has been developed over a long period of time and under the leadership of many strong personalities, it started around 800 and the construction and reconstruction continued till the time of Napoleon and later. The great Napoleon marked this square as “the drawing room of Europe" for its incredible artworks. The Square was named after the unusual and stunning Basilica of St Mark that dominates the east end of the square. The slender Campanile di San Marco, the Basilica's bell tower, and the number of museums are the attraction for the visitors. The lines waiting to enter the basilica, always crowded piazza, ringing bells from the clock tower, fascinating waterline, all make the square the most popular attraction in Venice.