Paddling in Piazza San Marco by Tom Gomez

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Tourists enjoying the sights of Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square), the principal square of Venice, Italy. When the water level is high, water bubbles up from the drains and floods the square.

The range of buildings on the right of the shot (South side) are known as the Procuratie Nuove. At the left of the shot (West end), is the building erected under Napoleon and known as the Ala Napoleonica (the Napoleonic Wing) of the Procuratie, now the entrance to the Correr Museum. The museum extends down the south side on the upper floors of the Procuratie Nuove. The ground floor of these buildings is occupied by shops and cafés, including the long established Caffè Florian on the south side and Gran Caffè Quadri on the north side, whose orchestras often take it in turns to play.

As the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and Venetian pigeons.

The Piazza originated in the 9th century as a small area in front of the original St Mark’s Basilica. It was enlarged to its present size and shape in 1177, when the Rio Batario, which had bounded it to the west, and a dock, which had isolated the Doge’s Palace from the square, were filled in. The rearrangement was for the meeting of Pope Alexander III and the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.

The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC


Featured in : Life in the City, Suburbs, or Bush : 24 Apr 13

Related shots can be found at: Venice or Italy.

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  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    A lovely capture of San Marco and most unusual Tom

  • Thank you my friend, when the tide is high, the square is almost always flooded …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    Well dear Tom……………….if you couldn’t paddle in Venice where could you paddle………………………wonderful image…………………………..x

  • Hehe, so true dear Joyce, thank you …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 1 year ago

    uauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu MAGIC WORK !

  • Thank you dear Guendalyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    That’s incredible,,,,excellent capture, Tom!

  • Very much appreciated Dorothy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • RayDevlin
    RayDevlinover 1 year ago

    Nice colours Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Ray …

    – Tom Gomez

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much Ray …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    Did anyone send for the plumber?
    No wonder people didn’t use the car park………………. its flooded!
    Superb timing Tom!
    Excellent capture :o)

  • Thank you Robin, when we arrived at St Mark’s Square in the morning it was completely dry. When we came back in the afternoon, it was flooded by the rising tide …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 1 year ago

  • Thank you kindly Val …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 1 year ago

    Wonderful street photography with stunning colours and superb lighting, Tom !!!

  • Thank you so much Phil …

    – Tom Gomez

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Excellent shot!

  • Always appreciated Gena …

    – Tom Gomez

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