San Marco (Venice, district)
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Borders of San Marco
The Canal Grande runs south of the Rialto Bridge Venice in an arch. The arch of the canal is the northern and western border of the San Marco district. In the south the Sestiere borders the sea. In the east there are borders to two other districts (Castello and Cannaregio).
Places of interest San Marco
Almost all of Venice's great sights are in San Marco. Some of them belong to the most important and most visited sights in Italy and all over Europe. San Marco is the tourist center of Venice.
The really big sights are around the Mark's Square. The big square itself is beautiful. Around the square there is a large number of small, but fine, stores. The Cafe Florian is one of the most famous cafes in Europe, even Goethe praised the Florian on his trip to Italy.
A very important building on St. Mark's Square is St. Mark's Church. It is the most famous of the many churches of Venice and belongs to the top 10 churches in Europe. No less famous is the Doge's Palace of Venice. This gigantic building was the seat of the government of Venice for centuries. Well visited is also the freestanding bell tower of St. Mark's Cathedral in St. Mark's Square, the Campanile di San Marco. Also in St. Mark's Square is the Correr Museum, one of the best museums in the lagoon city.
The Rialto Bridge is also partly in San Marco. It bridges the Canal Grande. The southern end of the famous Rialto Bridge is in San Marco, the other side in the Sestiere San Polo. In the alleys between Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square tourists are jammed daily, walking time about 15 minutes.
The Teatro La Fenice is one of the most famous theaters or operas in the world. The beautiful Teatro La Fenice can be seen during the day or go to a performance in the evening.
Another of the four bridges over the Grand Canal is on one side in the Sestiere San Marco. The Accademia Bridge is also partly in the Dorsoduro district. There is also the Accademia Museum.
Among the famous restaurants in Venice San Marco is the Hard Rock Cafe Venice. The branch of the famous chain is about 200 meters away from St. Mark's Square and is one of the most famous Hard Rock Cafes in Europe.
Even better known is Harry's Bar not
far from St. Mark's Square by the sea. Ernest Hemingway
and many other celebrities were regular guests here. The
famous drink of Venice, the Bellini, is said to have been
invented here (Prosecco with peach juice).
Arrival Venice San Marco
On foot: from Venice's main train station Santa Lucia or from the bus station in Piazzale Roma you can reach St. Mark's Square in about 45 minutes. From the Rialto Bridge to St. Mark's Square it is a 15-minute walk across the San Marco district. From St. Mark's Square to Teatro San Fenice it is also about 15 minutes by foot.
By vaporetto (public ferry): You can reach the shore south of St. Mark's Square, the center of the Sestiere Venice San Marco, easily by vaporetto (ferry). Many lines stop here: from the Central Station and Bus Station through the Grand Canal or around Venice, from the Rialto Bridge through the Grand Canal or directly from the islands of Lido, Giudecca or Murano.
Data San Marco
Population of San
Marco: About 4200, few people
live here, most buildings are used for tourism