Attractions of San Marco District
Procuratie Nuove - ex Palazzo Reale
The 'new' Procurators building was built in 1586 and finally completed in 1640 in order to provide more office space for the procurators who represented the highest law in the land after the Doge.
Between the Procuratie Nuove and the original building of the Procuratie Vecchie which both had wings, a church stood. The church and the wings were demolished to make way for another building, the Napoleonic Wing of the Procuratie, which now also holds the Correr Museum.
Since the fall of the Republic, these residences have played host to the Napoleonic Governor, kings of Italy and now the President of the Italian Republic, currently Giorgio Napolitano, a Democrat from Naples when he is in Venice.
Expensive cafes such as Cafe Florian, Gran Cafe Quadri and Cafe Lavena have been here as far back as 1720. Today, their grandeur, location and style all allow them to charge prices that weren't even dreamt of back in those early days!
For well healed tourists ready to part with their cash or bend their plastic, the ground floor arcades of Piazza San Marco are filled with shops that are so exclusive, you have to press the bell to gain entry.
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