Piazza di San Marco
This huge square is the principal square of Venice that had it's beginnings in the 800's and has gradually been morphed according to the different historical and architectural periods through which it has been steadfast. Dominated at it's eastern end by the magnificent Cathedral and Basilica of St Mark adorned with it's Romanesque carvings, Byzantine mosaics, Gothic architecture, Greek influences as well as features taken from Arabic Constantinople (now Istanbul), this church is one of the jewels of the Catholic church and of course Venice itself.
Adjacent to this awe-inspiring monument to faith and the organic growth of the city lies the Doges Palace again constructed in a Venetian Gothic architectural style which served as the home the Doges and thus reflects their temporal power and splendour. In contrast, the Bridge of Sighs connected to the palace and the prisons of the time provides a stark reminder of differing levels of freedom and the links that men share.
One of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal it is the oldest of them dating back to 1181 when wooden, and to 1591 to it's stone appearance which has become one of the architectural gems of Venice.
The Grand Canal of course proved the thoroughfare of maritime traf fic to and from Venice and buildings that line it's sides date from 13th to the 18th centuries and bespeak the culture, art and wealth that proved synonymous with Venice.
Guests to the Hotel Bella Venezia Venice are ideally positioned to see the beauty of Venice and travel the watercourses as countless generations have done before.
Well linked to all of the main tourist sites, our highly trained staff are also on hand to help with tour tickets, information and tips to ensure that you fully appreciate the fascinating site and atmosphere at your disposal.