Piazza San Marco, Venice, is one of the most important Italian squares, renowned worldwide for its beauty and architectural integrity. It is the only urban area in Venice, which changes its name to piazza, as all other spaces in the form of the square are properly defined fields.
The square proper, i.e. the area enclosed between the Procuratie Vecchie and Nuove e quelle "brand new", presents an architectural development of rare beauty of the monumental complex of the basilica and just opposite, soaring, St Mark's campanile.
Between the Piazzetta dei Leoni and the Procuratie lies the so-called clock tower, completed in 1499, marking the beginning of haberdashery, calle along which are the main shops of the city.
Closes the so-called square Ala Napoleonica, which connects the Procuratie Vecchie new ones: takes this name from the fact that it was rebuilt in 1810 by order of Napoleon.
Integrate into even square Piazzetta San Marco, southern in front of the Doge's Palace and library, is the monumental access to the marciana area for those coming from the sea through two columns fronting the bacino San Marco, and Piazzetta dei Leoncini, so called because of the two statues of Lions delimitating the elevated central area.