Punta della Dogana is a triangular point of land that juts out into the Bacino San Marco across from Piazza San Marco. Separating the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, the point originally hosted a customs house and watch tower-- emblematic to the city’s tradition of being a large merchant and trade center. Today, it hosts a center for contemporary art boasting a permanent exhibition from the François Pinault Collection-- the institution that promoted the transformation of this building. Atop the building is the “Occasio” statue. It features Fortune atop a bronze sphere held up by two Atlases. Its movement, victim to the wind, is symbolic of fortune’s unpredictable nature. From here, you can capture stunning photographs of the aquatic gateway to Italy that Venice has come to symbolize.
The Campanile di San Marco is the 323-foot bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica. The bell tower is one o... Read more