Procuratie, St Mark's Square, Venice

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The Procuratie (Procuracies) are three monumental, connected buildings in St. Mark’s Square. They are divided into Procuratie Vecchie (Old Procuratie) and Procuratie Nuove (New Procuratie).

The first buildings or Procuratie Vecchie, on the north side of the Square were built around the XII century to house the offices and accommodation of the procurators of the Serenissima. Around the XVI century a fire damaged the Old Procuratie and they were rebuilt by Codussi.

The second buildings or Procuratie Nuove are on the south of St. Mark’s Square. They were built by Vincenzo Scamozzi in 1586 and were completed by Loghena by 1640. In 1810 the small church located between the two procuraties was demolished and was replaced with the Napoleon Wing, designed by Giuseppe Matia Soli in a neoclassical style.

Today, the Napoleon Wing and the Procuraties are home to the Correr Museum, and the arcades under the Procuratie house historical restaurants like Caffè Quadri, Caffè Florian and Caffè Lavena. These are the best spots for tourists, such as students, that are on a tight budget, who are looking for a drink in the most beautiful square of Venice.

Address: Piazza San Marco
How to get there: lines 1, 41, 51, 82 (San Zaccaria stop); lines 1, 82 (Vallarasso stop)

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