The heart of Venice is Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), considered as the “world’s most elegant living room”, surrounded by stunning architecture, with its historical cafes embedded in the ancient arcades.
The heart of Venice is Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), considered as the “world’s most elegant living room”.
This was surrounded by stunning architecture, with its historical cafes embedded in the ancient arcades.
Representing a meeting place since the period of the Most Serene Republic, St Mark’s Square is still the favorite destination for Venetians and the tourists.
People who choose this place to enjoy its beauty and to spend a few light-heartedness hours enjoying a coffee or, in the late afternoon, sipping a spritz.
In the background we find the majestic Basilica, beautifully decorated with precious mosaics, covering the interiors for more than 8000 square metres.
The light reflected on the golden mosaics creates a charming and suggestive atmosphere on the inside that changes during the day.
The tall bell towers and dominates the square, with its nearly 100 metres height and the statue of the Archangel Gabriel on the cusp.
The Venetian Villas: extraordinary mansions representing a particular architectural style, which spread over during the historical period.
During those years, many country houses were transformed into real villas, where gentlemen from Venice used to retire to spend their holidays.
They are now hosting their friends or prominent figures related to the world of culture, art and music.
The villa became, therefore, a real centre of power and a mark of social distinction for the rich Venetian bourgeoisie.
He built many of the villas in the region, considered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The work of Palladio was particularly consistent and relevant in the city of Vicenza and its province.
Villa Maser is the best known one, where we can find the extraordinary cycle of frescoes by Paolo Veronese, dating back to the sixteenth century, from Veneto region.
Not very far away, we can find another architectural pearl – Villa Emo Capodilista – surrounded by a beautiful park, full of poplars and cypresses.
The visit to Villa Capra Valmarana, also called “La Rotonda”, representing a unique case of Palladian architecture, is also unmissable.
Other beautiful residences are Villa Pojana, Villa Saraceno and Villa Lombardi Cordellina.
Many elegant buildings are also located along the famous Riviera del Brenta. For those who want to quietly enjoy the view, a boat tour to admire the beauty of Villa Foscari.
now aAlso known as “The Malcontent”, the grand and sumptuous Villa Pisani, Villa Foscarini-Rossi and Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari is highly recommended.