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Piazza San Marco

Are walk led us to the Piazza St. Marco, the only "square" in Venice. It is the only place that is called "Piazza", everything else is called "campi" or "piazetta". In the piazza you can see the famous St. Mark's Basilica. It is an amazing historical experience to see these buildings. The piazza took it's form as early as in the Renaissance! The piazza is a true tourist attraction, complete with luxury shops and souvenire shops. The restaurants are grossely overpriced and the food is not so good, coffee being the excpetion to that rule. The weirdest thing I ever did see: It was so funny to me that tourists would bue bird food and put it in their hands and stand there while FLOCKS of pigeons came to eat it. I really do not like pigeons, and they are full of disease, yet, parents let their children do this and it seemed to be the thing to do in the piazza. For approximately $1.00 you could become a living statue with pigeons all over you...how funny is that!? Needless to say, I did NOT do this, but if it's your "thing" go ahead! :-)
O Sole Mio!

July 11th 2002
My trip to Venice was short, but wonderful! I was working in Oberaudorf, Germany and we had a few days off, so we travelled to Italy. Our first stop was Verona to see an opera and then off to Venice. We only had one day to experience Venice, but what a day this was! I was with my dear friend Daniel and we spent the day walking around Venice. We saw the sights and enjoyed some beautiful weather. No ... read more
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