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San Marco

autore: Giuseppe Vermiglio anno: XVII secolo titolo: San Marco Evangelista luogo: A.S.S.T. Melegnano e della Martesana, Milano

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Nome: San Marco

Titolo: Evangelista

Nascita: I secolo , Cirene

Morte: I secolo, Alessandria, Egitto

Ricorrenza: 25 aprile

Martirologio: edizione 2004

Tipologia: Festa

Patrono di: Veneto, Venezia, Latina, Pordenone, San Marco in Lamis, Cassola, Gardone Val Trompia, Pieve a Nievole, Caerano di San Marco, San Marco Argentano >>> altri comuni

Protettore: degli allevatori, dei calzolai, dei farmacisti, degli interpreti, dei notai, degli ottici, dei pittori, dei segretari, dei vetrai

Luogo reliquie: Basilica di San Marco

S. Marco fu eletto da Dio ad essere il portavoce dello Spirito Santo, scrivendo la vita e la dottrina di N. S. Gesù Cristo nel Vangelo che porta il suo nome.

Nacque a Cirene ed era cugino di S. Barnaba: sua madre si chiamava Maria. Rimase ubbidiente alla legge di Mosè fino dopo la risurrezione di Gesù, quando fu da S. Pietro convertito alla fede cristiana, istruito e creato sacro ministro.

titolo San Pietro detta il Vangelo a San Marco
autore Fra Angelico anno 1433

Dalla sua conversione in poi non si staccò più dal Principe degli Apostoli, da cui era amato qual tenero figliuolo, come lo chiamò in una sua lettera: « Vi saluta anche Marco, mio figlio ». S. Marco era il segretario, l’interprete di S. Pietro. Il suo Vangelo, come dicono i Ss. Padri, non è altro che la predicazione di S. Pietro fissata sulla carta. Accompagnò l’Apostolo nei suoi viaggi a Roma, ove appunto scrisse il suo Vangelo in lingua greca, la più parlata in quei tempi. Lo scopo del Vangelo secondo S. Marco è di dimostrare la potenza di Gesù Cristo, Figlio di Dio, che si manifesta nell’operare molti e grandi miracoli.

Simbolo del suo Vangelo è il leone, il re degli animali, che molto bene rappresenta la potenza di Gesù Cristo.

Scrisse il suo Vangelo tra l’anno 40 e 60, dopo quello di S. Matteo, e prima di quello di S. Luca, come ci assicura la tradizione. Incomincia con un preambolo, quindi parla della divina missione di Gesù in Galilea, poi delle varie escursioni apostoliche in altre parti della Palestina, e termina col descrivere l’ultimo viaggio a Gerusalemme, l’ultima Pasqua, le sofferenze, la morte, la risurrezione e la gloria di Gesù Cristo.

Nessuno tra i fedeli poteva possedere le divine verità meglio di S. Marco, il quale continuamente le apprendeva dalle labbra del Principe degli Apostoli.

Ordinato vescovo, fu mandato da S. Pietro in Egitto a predicare il santo Vangelo. Confermando la sua predicazione con l’esempio d’una vita santa e penitente, con innumerevoli prodigi, aiutato dalla divina grazia fondò in Alessadria una fiorente comunità la quale divenne la celebre Chiesa Alessandrina, che ci diede un S. Chino, un S. Antonio, una S. Caterina e tanti altri servi del Signore.

titolo Martirio di San Marco
autore Giovanni Bellini e Vittor Belliniano anno 1526

Dopo una vita di travagli, tutta spesa a gloria di Dio e al bene delle anime, subì un martirio lungo e crudele. Fu legato ad una fune e trainato da un cavallo per luoghi sassosi e scoscesi, finchè il 25 aprile dell’anno 68 l’anima sua entrò nella gloria colla triplice aureola del vergine, dello scrittore e del martire.

titolo: Ritrovamento del corpo di San Marco
autore: Tintoretto anno: 1562-1566

Le sue reliquie furono trasportate a Venezia, e riposte nella basilica di S. Marco, ove sono oggetto di grande venerazione.

PRATICA. S. Marco ci offre il S. Vangelo: leggiamolo, e impareremo a conoscere Gesù, ad amarlo e a seguirlo.

PREGHIERA. O Dio, che hai nobilitato il beato Marco mediante la grazia della predicazione evangelica, deh concedici di approfittare sempre del suo insegnamento e di essere difesi dalla sua predicazione.

MARTIROLOGIO ROMANO. Ad Alessandria il natale del beato Marco Evangelista. Questi, discepolo ed interprete dell’Apostolo Piétro, pregato in Roma dai fratelli, scrisse il Vangelo, col quale se ne andò in Egitto, e per primo annunziando Cristo in Alessàndria, vi fondò la Chiesa. Poi, preso per la fede di Cristo, legato con funi e trascinato fra i sassi, fu gravemente tormentato; quindi, chiuso in carcere, prima fu confortato da un’angelica visione, e finalmente, apparendogli lo stesso Signore, fu chiamato ai gaudii celesti, nell’anno ottavo di Nerone.

PROVERBIO. San Marco evangelista, maggio alla vista.

Presente già tra le prime arti cristiane San Marco è quasi sempre raffigurato assieme ad un Leone. San Girolamo argomentò la nota associazione dei quattro evangelisti con i simboli del «tetramorfo» che compaiono nelle profezie di Ezechiele, riprese poi nelle visioni dell’Apocalisse:

«Il primo vivente era simile a un leone, il secondo essere vivente aveva l’aspetto di un vitello, il terzo vivente aveva l’aspetto d’uomo, il quarto vivente era simile a un’aquila mentre vola; i quattro esseri viventi hanno ciascuno sei ali, intorno e dentro sono costellati di occhi»

Già nell’iconografia dell’inizio del V secolo san Marco vi appare come leone alato, come si osserva ad esempio nei mosaici della Basilica di Santa Pudenziana a Roma.

titolo Mosaico Basilica di Santa Pudenziana a Roma

Nell’arte bizantina alcuni mosaici come quelli della Basilica di San Vitale a Ravenna raffiguravano i quattro evangelisti in forma umana, con in mano il Vangelo e con a fianco i loro simboli. Tale iconografia divenne diffusissima nell’arte romanica e poi in quella gotica. Nelle chiese di tale periodo i quattro santi vennero molto spesso effigiati nelle vele delle volte a crociera, seduti allo scrittoio, intenti alla stesura dei vangeli; talvolta si affiancano a essi i quattro Dottori della Chiesa.

titolo San Marco e Sant’Agostino

La figura di San Marco insieme agli altri evangelisti compare anche nelle rappresentazione degli apostoli che troviamo in ogni espressione dell’arte sacra cristiana. Alcune pale d’altare esprimono una speciale devozione per san Marco, come la celebre tela di Tiziano raffigurante San Marco in trono nella Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute a Venezia. Nella splendida pala San Marco si erge statuario, vangelo alla mano appoggiato scenograficamente sul ginocchio, ricordando la maestosità di sculture coeve. In basso i santi Cosma e Damiano, san Sebastiano e san Rocco, patrono degli appestati che mostra, come al solito, la sua piaga aperta sulla gamba.

titolo San Marco in trono

San Marco, patrono di Venezia, è inoltre raffigurato nelle meravigliose scene della sua vita nei mosaici della Basilica di San Marco (XIII secolo). Nel periodo rinascimentale gli episodi narrati nella Leggenda Aurea divennero soggetto per numerosi capolavori eseguiti da artisti della scuola veneta. Tra i maggiori esempi la grande tela di Gentile e Giovanni Bellini raffigurante la Predica di san Marco ad Alessandria.

titolo Predica di san Marco ad Alessandria d’Egitto
autore Gentile e Giovanni Bellini anno 1504-1507

Anche le quattro tele di Tintoretto eseguite per la Scuola di San Marco a Venezia, aventi per soggetto Il miracolo di san Marco che libera uno schiavo, San Marco salva un saraceno, Trafugamento del corpo di san Marco, Il ritrovamento del corpo di san Marco.

titolo San Marco libera uno schiavo
autore Tintoretto anno 1548

titolo San Marco salva un saraceno
autore Tintoretto anno tra il 1562 ed il 1566

titolo Trafugamento del corpo di san Marco
autore Tintoretto anno tra il 1562 ed il 1566

titolo Ritrovamento del corpo di san Marco
autore Tintoretto anno tra il 1562 ed il 1566

s. Marcos, Evangelista — Informaciones sobre el Santo do dia

s. Marcos, Evangelista 

(© Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)

El evangelista Marcos nació en una familia hebrea acomodada. De él sabemos solamente lo que narran los Hechos de los Apóstoles y algunas cartas de los santos Pedro y Pablo. No fue discípulo de Jesús, aunque algún estudioso lo identifica con el muchacho, hijo de la viuda María, que siguió a Jesús después del arresto en el huerto de Getsemaní.

Marcos colaboró con el Apóstol Pablo, a quien conoció en Jerusalén. Viajó con él a Chipre y, más tarde, a Roma. En el año 66, san Pablo escribe a Timoteo desde una cárcel romana: “Toma a Marcos y tráele contigo, porque me es útil para el ministerio” (2Tm 4,11).

San Marcos en Roma y otros viajes

No se sabe si Marcos llegó a Roma a tiempo para asistir al martirio de Pablo, pero lo cierto es que en la capital del Imperio se puso al servicio de Pedro. La Basílica romana de San Marcos, en el centro histórico, testimonia su presencia: se dice que fue erigida en el lugar en el que estaba la casa en la que vivió el evangelista

San Pedro cita a menudo el nombre de Marcos. En su primera Carta, por ejemplo, leemos: “La iglesia en Babilonia, que ha sido elegida como ustedes, los saluda, lo mismo que mi hijo Marcos” (1Pt 5,13). Aparece también en los Hechos de los Apóstoles (12,12), después de que Pedro fuera liberado milagrosamente de la prisión: “Al advertir lo que le había sucedido, se dirigió a la casa de María, la madre de Juan, llamado Marcos, donde un grupo numeroso se hallaba reunido en oración”.

Después de la muerte de Pedro, se pierde la pista de Marcos. Una antigua tradición lo sitúa en Egipto como evangelizador y fundador de la Iglesia en Alejandría. Otra, refiere que antes de ir a Egipto viajó a Aquileia (en el norte de Italia) para ocuparse de la evangelización de la zona nordeste del Imperio. Allí convirtió a Ergamora, que fue el primer obispo de la ciudad. Tras salir de Aquileia, parece que, a causa de una tempestad, llegó a las islas Rialtinas, núcleo originario de la futura ciudad de Venecia. Allí soñó con un ángel que le prometió que en esa tierra dormiría en espera del último día.

El testimonio supremo de San Marcos

El evangelista Marcos murió probablemente entre los años 68 y 72, en Alejandría de Egipto. En los Actos de Marco (del siglo IV) está escrito que un 24 de abril los paganos lo arrastraron por las calles de Alejandría, atado con cuerdas por el cuello, y luego lo arrojaron a la cárcel. Allí fue confortado por un ángel. Al día siguiente sufrió el mismo tormento, y murió. Su cuerpo había sido destinado a las llamas, pero fue salvado por los fieles y sepultado en una gruta.

Desde allí fue trasladado, en el siglo V, a una iglesia. Según una leyenda, en el año 828, ante la amenaza de los árabes, dos mercaderes venecianos llevaron el cuerpo a su ciudad; y allí permanece sepultado en la Basílica dedicada a él. Algunas reliquias suyas se conservan también en El Cairo (Egipto), en la catedral de San Marcos, sede del Patriarca Copto Ortodoxo.

El Evangelio “concreto” de Marcos

Marcos es considerado como “el taquígrafo” de san Pedro. Su Evangelio fue escrito entre los años 50 y 60. Según la tradición, transcribió la predicación de Pedro, dirigida principalmente a los primeros cristianos de Roma, sin elaborarla o adaptarla a un esquema personal. Por eso, su Evangelio posee gran vivacidad y claridad. Escribió en griego, la lengua más hablada en aquellos tiempos, con el objetivo de demostrar el poder de Jesucristo, Hijo de Dios, que se manifestó en numerosos milagros.

Las palabras del Evangelio de Marcos “Id por todo el mundo y predicad el evangelio a toda criatura” indican claramente, según el Papa Francisco, qué quiere Jesús de sus discípulos.

Marcos, patrón de Venecia

San Marcos fue elegido como patrón principal de Venecia en el año 1071. A lo largo de los siglos, la ciudad permaneció indisolublemente ligada a su persona, hasta el punto de que el símbolo del evangelista, el león alado, se convirtió en el símbolo de la ciudad.

San Marcos es también patrón de los notarios, los vidrieros y los ópticos. Es venerado como santo por varias iglesias cristianas, además de la católica, entre ellas la Ortodoxa y la Copta, que lo considera su patriarca.

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    This walk includes the sestieres (Venetian quarters) of San Marco, Castello and Cannaregio. San Marco is the main entrance, where guests from all over the world have long arrived on ships. And where the Most Serene Republic of St. Mark met them in all its magnificent decoration. Having admired the ensemble of the main square and the famous Bridge of Sighs, we will delve into the heart of Venice — in Castello, towards its ancient history. And our journey will end in the northern part of the city — in Cannaregio, where we will remember the great generals and navigators, as well as numerous Venetian legends.
    During the walk, we will tell you how the relics of the patron saints allowed a tiny settlement on marshy islands to grow into a fabulous city and one of the main states of the Middle Ages. And the story will be illustrated by great architects and painters — Codussi and Sanmicheli, Bellini and Carpaccio… By the way, the last two have been put into circulation in our time in a cult Venetian bar: one turned into a cocktail, and the other into an appetizer. In addition, from our walk you will find out what Venice is based on, who the “Signors of the Night” and “wooden Marys” are, and also which monastery Casanova would certainly go to if he had lived five centuries earlier.

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    This walk includes the sestiere (Venetian quarters) of San Marco, Castello and Cannaregio. San Marco is the main entrance, where guests from all over the world have long arrived on ships. And where the Most Serene Republic of St. Mark met them in all its magnificent decoration. Having admired the ensemble of the main square and the famous Bridge of Sighs, we will delve into the heart of Venice — in Castello, towards its ancient history. And our journey will end in the northern part of the city — in Cannaregio, where we will remember the great generals and navigators, as well as numerous Venetian legends.
    During the walk, we will tell you how the relics of the patron saints allowed a tiny settlement on marshy islands to grow into a fabulous city and one of the main states of the Middle Ages. And the story will be illustrated by great architects and painters — Codussi and Sanmicheli, Bellini and Carpaccio… By the way, the last two have been put into circulation in our time in a cult Venetian bar: one turned into a cocktail, and the other into an appetizer. In addition, from our walk you will find out what Venice is based on, who the “Signors of the Night” and “wooden Marys” are, and also which monastery Casanova would certainly go to if he had lived five centuries earlier.

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Piazza San Marco in Venice: interesting facts, life hacks

Going on a trip to Venice, it is difficult to ignore the famous Piazza San Marco. In addition to being the most spacious place in the entire floating city, the square is very majestic and romantic, which is why it is one of the most popular places among tourists in Italy (and on Instagram :)). There are so many interesting objects collected here that it can take a whole day to get to know them. Let’s figure out which of the attractions of San Marco is better to spend your time on, especially if it is limited. And at the same time we will learn a lot of interesting facts about the famous square and the buildings that adorn it.

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Square San Marco St. Mark Cathedral: History, Architecture, Interior

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Piazza San Marco

Historical references to Piazza San Marco in Venice date back to the 9th century. At that time, it was a small platform at the main entrance to the basilica. The area expanded to its present scale only in the 12th century.

Piazza San Marco is famous not only for its outstanding architecture (just look at the photo!), but also for the fact that it has become a filming location for numerous films. And this is not surprising — the space and special atmosphere make it possible to shoot fascinating shots here!

The locals respectfully call this square “Piazza”. All other sites are called more modest — «campo». Conventionally, the space of the square is divided into two sections: Piazzetta (a kind of corridor that goes from the Grand Canal past the Doge’s Palace and the San Marco Library to Campanile), and directly itself Piazza (rest of the square).

Piazzetta San Marco

A special attraction for tourists is the feeding of pigeons, of which there is a whole winged army! You can also buy bird food on site. This tradition was broken only by the avian flu, which cleared up in 2008. To avoid a large accumulation of birds, the sale of food was stopped on the square, which did not stop the kids and hunters for beautiful shots.

Pay attention to the stone pavement. It is assumed that the drawing on the pavement, which is formed by light stripes, once played an important practical role and served as landmarks for processions participating in various ceremonies.

San Marco Cathedral: a history that goes back centuries

San Marco Cathedral is the religious center of Venice and the most visited church in the city. In addition, one of the oldest — the construction of the building ended in 832. The temple was erected specifically for the relics of the holy apostle Mark, the patron saint of Venice and the Venetians. By the way, a very interesting story is connected with the appearance of relics in the city.

Once the relics of the holy apostle and evangelist Mark were in Alexandria. The Venetian merchants Buono and Rustico, who traveled to those parts, heard that the Muslims were going to destroy the Christian churches and build mosques in their place. And they came up with a cunning plan. They stole the shrine and hid it under pig carcasses, knowing that Muslims do not touch this animal. Thanks to this trick, the relics ended up on the ship and were safely transported to Venice. By the way, on the central facade of the Cathedral there is a mosaic drawing illustrating an old legend.

Of course, over such a long history, the old basilica has undergone many changes and has seen many events. In 976 the building burned down. And in 1063, the construction of a new grandiose cathedral began in the same place, and already in 1094 it was consecrated. The Venetians did not stint on decorating their main basilica! Over the centuries, the temple grew, prettier and richer. Today, amazing mosaics, beautiful bas-reliefs and unusual architectural forms appear before admiring tourists. And inside the Cathedral of San Marco, in addition to cultural and architectural treasures, important Christian shrines are also stored — in addition to the relics of St. Mark, these are the heads of the apostles James the Younger and Titus, the relics of the martyr Isidore, the ancient image of the Most Holy Theotokos «Nicopeia», a particle of the Life-Giving Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified , and other Christian relics that attract pilgrims to the basilica.

Architecture and design of the Basilica of San Marco

The appearance of the cathedral is dominated by the Byzantine style, which is unusual for churches in Italy. To a lesser extent, elements of Gothic, Romanesque and Oriental architecture are found here, forming a bizarre mixture of styles.

In the lower part of the facade of the basilica there are 5 arched bays, decorated with bright mosaics, the space between the arches is decorated with Byzantine bas-reliefs. And on the western side of San Marco is decorated with the famous quadriga — bronze figures of four horses. This trophy came to Venice in 1204, after the Crusade against Constantinople. The original sculpture was gilded, made by the Greek master Lysippus. Today it is carefully kept in the Basilica Museum, and the building is decorated with a bronze copy.

Cathedral of San Marco inside

The interior of the cathedral impresses with splendor and luxurious decoration. The walls and ceilings of the basilica are covered with amazing gilded Byzantine mosaics depicting scenes from the Holy Scriptures.

Under the main altar are stored the relics of St. Mark , the main shrine of Venice. And behind the altar, the pearl of the temple flaunts — Pala d’Oro , or the Golden Iconostasis . This masterpiece was made by skilful Constantinopolitan jewelers and contains 80 small icons richly decorated with gold and decorative stones. Just imagine, it took almost 500 years to create such a masterpiece!

One of the chapels is decorated with a miraculous Byzantine icon of the 11th or 12th century Madonna Nicopeia . This shrine (as, by the way, many others) was brought to the Cathedral of San Marco after one of the Crusades.

Treasury of the Basilica deserves special attention. All this was brought by the Venetians from the East, donated by the Byzantine emperors or popes, or obtained as a result of the Crusades.

Mosaic on the facade of the Cathedral of San Marco

Other places of interest in Piazza San Marco

The Cathedral of St. Mark the Apostle is, of course, not the only attraction of the square. Here, each building has an interesting and rich history. Here is some of them.

Doge’s Palace

Doge’s Palace in Venice

One of the symbols of Venice. This whimsical masterpiece of Gothic architecture served as the residence of the Venetian rulers for centuries until the occupation of the Republic by Napoleon in the 18th century. The first version of this building was built in 810. Since then, the building has been rebuilt more than once, until it acquired its modern look in the 16th century. The beautiful three-storey palace adjoins the Basilica of San Marco and complements the amazing architectural ensemble of the elegant square.

Biblioteca Marciana

Biblioteca San Marco

The renaissance building of the Biblioteca Marciana faces the Doge’s Palace and faces the Grand Canal. The building is decorated with sculptural exhibits and decorative moldings. And the library itself is famous for its rich history and a unique collection of old books and manuscripts (more than 13 thousand valuable handwritten works!) Among the book values ​​that are stored here are lists of the Iliad of the 5th and 6th centuries and the first book that was published in Venice.

Campanile di San Marco

Bell tower in Piazza San Marco

The grand bell tower rises 99 meters above Piazza San Marco. The history of this building goes back to the 9th century. But the original building collapsed in 1902 and was rebuilt 10 years later. There were 5 bells on the bell tower, each of which had its own purpose. For example, one of them was intended to encourage residents to go to work. Here is the concern!

Loggetta Sansovino

Loggetta in Saint Mark’s Square

This building was once a stable. Later, in Loggett, the nobility held ceremonial receptions or used the Doge’s Palace as a guard post. After the Campanile of San Marco collapsed on Loggetta in 1902, the building was rebuilt in its present form.

Old and New Procurations

These buildings frame Piazza San Marco in its western part, decorating it with graceful arcades. Once they housed procurators, whose main task was to manage state real estate. Since the building of the Cathedral of San Marco was on the controlled list, they built the Procuration right next to the shrine.

Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio)

Orologio San Marco Clock Tower

The Orologio Tower adorned the square at the end of the 15th century. On the facade of the tower, there is a large old astronomical clock, covered with gilding and enamel and decorated with the signs of the Zodiac. They not only display 24 hours, but also show the position of the planets, as well as the sun and moon in the Zodiac. From a small niche above the dial, a statue of the Virgin is looking at us. And at the very top, the clock tower of San Marco is crowned with giant bronze figures, which beat the bell with a hammer every hour.

Interesting facts about Piazza and San Marco Cathedral

  • Venice’s main attraction, San Marco Cathedral, is called the «Church of Gold» (Chiesa d’Oro). This name is associated not only with the luxurious design and abundance of gilding inside and out, but also with the significance of the building. For centuries, the Basilica of San Marco has been a symbol of Venetian wealth and power.
  • Napoleon surprisingly aptly called Piazza San Marco «the most elegant living room in Europe. »
  • The first thing that will meet you on the pavement at Piazzetta is the columns of Saints Mark and Theodore. These are the trophies that Venice received for its help in the war with the king of Tyre. Now only two columns can be seen on the Piazzetta. The third of them, during the unloading of the ship, fell into the water and to this day “rests” on the muddy bottom of the Grand Canal.
  • Another interesting fact about the two columns on the Piazzetta. In the Middle Ages, two beautiful columns decorating the square were often used for hanging criminals. That is why superstitious Venetians never pass between these columns.
  • The famous winged lion, which is the symbol of Venice, has always served as an allegorical image of St. Mark the Evangelist. After his relics came to Venice, the saint was «appointed» as the main patron of the city, and therefore his symbol became the symbol of Venice.
  • In autumn and spring, during the “high water” (aqua alta) period, when heavy rains come to Venice, the beautiful Piazza San Marco is flooded with water. The spectacle is amazing! To move in such conditions, you need high rubber boots. In Venice, special disposable shoes are sold for such cases. In addition, for movement during the flood, the city authorities provided wooden platforms. When the streets are dry, the construction looks ridiculous, but once the water level rises, its purpose immediately becomes clear.

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San Marco: practical information for tourists

How to get there

To get to Piazza San Marco, you need to either use water transport or walk (there is simply no land transport in this part of the city!) part of Venice is not so big, and walking along it is very pleasant, so do not neglect this option if you have the time and energy. If you are in a hurry — go to the main attraction of Venice by vaporetto (river tram — this type of transport in Venice performs the function of a public one).

From Piazzale Roma ( Piazzale Roma ), where guests arriving by bus or car drop off to St. 2 direct (30 minutes on the way). The walk takes approximately 40 minutes.

From Santa Lucia railway station (Santa Lucia ) , where tourists arrive by train, walk 30-45 minutes, depending on the route chosen. You can get there by the same vaporetto: №1 takes about 35 minutes, routes 51 direct and 2 direct — about 25 minutes.

Vaporetto runs frequently, every 10 minutes. You need to get off at the San Marco stop.

Also, of course, you can always take water taxis.

Entrance to the Museums of San Marco

There is a single ticket to visit 4 museums located in Piazza San Marco : the Doge’s Palace, the Correr Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and the Monumental Halls of the Marciana Library. You can buy tickets online here. If you need a reservation in Russian, then here.

You can also purchase a Museum Pass to visit 11 Venetian museums.

Opening hours of attractions

Cathedral of San Marco

The Basilica is open on weekdays from 9.45 to 17.00, on Sundays and holidays from 14.00 to 16.30 or 17.00, depending on the season. Entrance to the Museum and Treasury ends earlier.

Entrance to the basilica is free, but if you want to separately visit the altar with the relics of the Apostle Mark and see the Pala d’Oro, the treasury, the basilica museum, the bell tower, you will need to pay from 2 to 5 Euros.

San Marco official website: www.basilicasanmarco.it

Visiting San Marco: life hacks
    • Although the entrance to the basilica itself is free, not all tourists want to waste their time in long queues at the entrance. They can be avoided by purchasing a special ticket on the official website.
    • Photo and video shooting is prohibited inside the basilica.
    • Inside the cathedral is usually quite dark, which can make it difficult to see the luxurious frescoes. Few people know that the temple is fully illuminated only at certain hours: from 11.30 to 12.45 on weekdays and all day on Sundays and church holidays.
    • Approximately 10 minutes are allotted for viewing the interior of the Basilica of San Marco — it will not be possible to stay inside for a long time (this limit does not apply to the premises of the Treasury and the Golden Iconostasis).

Doge’s Palace

Opening hours: 8.30 am — 7.00 pm (entrance until 6.00 pm) San Marco or Museum Pass.

Campanile of San Marco

Opening hours: from 5 to 18 September 8.30-20.15; from 19 to 30 September 8.30-19.45; from 1 to 9 October 9.30-19.00, from 10 to 31 October 9.30-17.30; from November 1 to March 31 9.30-17.30; from 9 to 27 January closed; from 1 to 30 April 9. 00-17.30; from May 1 to September 4 8.30 — 21.00. In case of bad weather conditions (fog, strong wind or cold), access to the bell tower is closed. Tickets can be purchased here.

Popular cafes in Piazza San Marco

Cafes and restaurants in St. Mark’s Square abound. The most famous are « Florian » and « Quadri «. The legendary Cafe Florian is one of the oldest in Italy. It is believed that it dates back to the 18th century! Its rich history and luxurious interiors have always attracted a sophisticated audience, among which were many famous personalities. Today, any wealthy tourist can touch the history and luxury of Florian. Tables for customers are placed right on the street. Traditionally, people come here to watch the sunset, which gradually hides behind the domes of the Cathedral of San Marco, over a cup of aromatic coffee. But for this pleasure you will have to pay a lot of money — cafes are expensive.

Piazza San Marco at night

Tips for tourists visiting San Marco

  • Comfortable shoes are recommended for the excursion to Piazza San Marco, as you will have to walk a lot and possibly take a boat. As you understand, it is not very convenient to do it in heels.
  • And when visiting the cathedral, do not forget about the dress code: clothes should cover the shoulders, shorts and miniskirts are not welcome.
  • Piazza San Marco is famous for its large number of pigeons. You can feed them only with special pigeon food with a sterilizing preparation. Unauthorized sale of food is fined here.
  • Many people come to Venice for just one day, and immediately from the station they rush to the heart of the city — to Piazza San Marco. In this case, there is an issue with luggage. For the convenience of tourists, the Cathedral of the Apostle Mark provides a left-luggage office — it is located on the side of the northern facade and Piazzetta dei Leoncini. Large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not allowed into the basilica itself.
  • Souvenirs tend to be overpriced in Piazza San Marco, but move a little further away from the square and you can get the same stuff for a lower price.

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