Procuratie Vecchie
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Neighbourhood: San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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dee h
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We went last week while at the Biennale - don't waste your money. We really wanted to see the building that Chipperfield restored and especially the roof terrace with views over the city. Shelled out for a ticket for the exhibition which we weren't really bothered about. At no point did the front desk staff say the terrace wasn't accessible, despite us asking how you got to it - we met locked doors. Cafe was expensive - £20 for three cold coffees, and the exhibition and expensive gimmicky waste of time and money. Disappointing all round, and FYI, if you are challenged with stairs or in a wheelchair, you'd not get to the cafe or exhibition area from the normal public access lift as there is an extra flight of stairs to contend with.
Written 28 September 2022
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
This is one of three huge connected buildings at Piazza San Marco and extends along the north side of the square. It is the oldest of the trio, having gone up in the 12th century to provide housing and offices for Roman officials. Initially, the structure had two stories but that was increased to three when rebuilt after a fire in the 16th century. Architectural features include columns along with rounded arches and windows. In later years, many rich Venetian families kept small apartments here in which to entertain.

Today, the upper stories provide office space above arcades featuring cafes and shops. I find the protected walkways by the ground-level businesses to offer a nice refuge on both sizzling sunny and rainy days in Venice. But during high-tourist season, expect crowds and slow movement here.

Caffe Quadri is likely the most famous occupant of the Procuratie Vecchie. Opened in 1775, it has catered to the famous, from Lord Byron to Venice Film Festival participants, such as Woody Allen. Visitors may want to consider taking a peak inside but moving on to less-expensive venues for food and drink away from the square.
Written 4 February 2017
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
This set of buildings lining the North side of Piazza San Marco from the Torre dell’Orologio to the Napoleonic wing were built in the 12th century as 2 stories. They are the oldest of the Procuratie. They were to house the offices and apartments of the procurators. Today after being rebuilt as 3-story they house shops and restaurants along the arcade.
Written 14 August 2019
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STEVE A
southend44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We arrived in Venice at 10:30pm and our water taxi dropped us off just off St Marks square so it was our first real view of Venice. Can get a bit crowded and the pigeons can be a bit of a nuisance but a must see place. Restaurants are incredibly expensive. Coffees at the counter about 2 euros each, sit at a table and the same coffee costs 7 euros.
Worth a stroll in the evening to hear the live music from various bands around the square
Written 28 August 2017
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Diana S
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
There is much noise regarding the new public access to the restored wing of St Mark's square and I was excited to explore and see the new views from the roof terrace. It cost the same as a full day full of inspiring international art at the Biennale to enter the building but the roof terrace was closed and we had to pay double for coffees in order to sit where we could see some of the square below through small floor level windows. Little information was provided on the history of the building and nothing about the restoration. A gimmicky and superficial interactive exhibition related to charity was no compensation. On complaining about the lack of access even to the roof terrace that we'd asked about on arrival we were given the non-response that we had been told that it was on the fourth floor!

I can appreciate that the cost to the insurance company owner to restore the building was significant but feel that it is immoral to ask the public to pay for a private company’s costs in this duplicitous way.
Written 30 September 2022
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
This stunning structure surrounding the famous Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) is really quite impressive
Written 5 July 2019
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK6,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The Procuratie Vecchie goes around St Mark’s Square And is stunning.
Take your time to look & study it.
Written 17 May 2019
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DAVID L
Los Angeles, CA8,096 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
There are three multistory classical architecture building which Surround San Marco Square in a U shaped configuration - the Procuratie Vecchie. The base of the U houses the Correr Museum entrance & the arches of the ground floor allow passage to the Mercaria. The side wings have shops, restaurants, Cafes & offices. The Correr Museum extends the full length of the upper stories of the side closest to the Grand Canal. Nice elevated views of San Marco & the Canal. Enjoy!
Written 18 February 2019
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Aleksandar
Belgrade, Serbia8,215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Amazing building located at St Mark's square. Stunning architecture.
Home of some nice shops and restaurants.
Written 20 January 2019
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom55,953 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
In St Mark's Square these are the three connected buildings with arches. The last of the building's were completed during Napoleonic times.

Under the arches are shops, bars and cafes. You will also get access to the Correr museum.

We visited the cafes and the museum. Go early in the morning to take photos.
Written 13 December 2018
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