Walking across Saint Mark’s Square in Venice it is interesting to think that there are further three ancient levels below our feet. The oldest stone foundations are located near the Campanile or Bell Tower and date from Roman times and the first refugees to Venice from Aquileia. Further levels of white marble date from the mid 13th to 15th centuries.
Saint Mark's Square Curiosities
Inside the Correr Museum is a pair of Venetian renaissance shoes called ‘calcagnetti’ which were used by women before most of the city was paved. They are 51 centimetre high heeled clogs to keep the mud away. Such footwear was often jewel encrusted and permitted serious fashion statements.
Saint Mark’s s only fountain was designed by Andrea ‘Tyrant’ Tirali. It is a favourite watering hole for pigeons seeking a break from being fed by tourists
Take it all in at Caffè Florian. The oldest coffee bar still active in Italy, the Florian also became a central reference point for Europe’s first recognisable newspaper or periodical. From the second half of the 18th century ‘La Gazzetta’ came out twice a week and for five soldi could be purchased at the Florian. The bar was one of the newspapers main selling points
Look closely at the Basilica and reflect that although Latin was the language of liturgy and justice throughout the Republic’s history notwithstanding the cultural ties with Byzantium.
Yet, the Basilica of San Marco is modelled on the Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli in Constantinople. The doors were fused there, the famous Pala d’Oro of the main altar was initially worked there and the precious marbles and columns were also of Greek origin.
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