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Tourists enjoying the sights of Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square), the principal square of Venice, Italy.

The range of buildings at the back of the shot (South side) are known as the Procuratie Nuove. At the right 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: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm


Related shots can be found at: Venice or Italy.

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  • hereforfun
    hereforfunabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Tom,such a grand looking place

  • Thank you so much dear Trudi …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyabout 4 years ago

    Wish I was there now, Tom. Nicely captured. Cheers.

  • Thank you kindly Elana, me too …

    – Tom Gomez

  • MichelleR
    MichelleRabout 4 years ago

    Nice capture. i like the clean lines.

  • Thank you Michelle, it is a lovely place …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 4 years ago

    A wonderful shot Tom x

  • Thank you so much dear Irene …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 4 years ago

    lovely scene

  • Thank you kindly Antanas …

    – Tom Gomez

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • John44
    John44about 4 years ago

    Cannot see enough of loely Venice Tom!
    spot on again
    ( b t w .. next year the Norwegian Jade makes nice cruises from venice to the Eastern Med .. I did the same on the Norwegian Gem this year and thinking of booking in May again .. its with the Greek Islands)

  • Thank you John, I love Venice.
    Another cruise would be wonderful, but we have not even thought about next years holiday yet …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44about 4 years ago

    Me neither in a serious way Tom .. we are looking to whats possible and whats there.. also we share with friends :-)

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 4 years ago

    great catch

  • Cheers Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

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