The Hotel is just a few steps from the area of San Marco – the Square and its immediate surroundings – where some of the city’s major monuments are grouped: the Ducal Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Belltower, the Clocktower, the Museo Correr, and the Procuratie Nuove and Vecchie with their porticoes that completely envelop the Square.
For centuries, Saint Mark’s Square was the seat of the civil, religious, and political power of the Serenissima Republic. Here, among the many ceremonies, the newly-elected Doge was carried through the crowd on a shoulder carriage from which he threw coins to all the assembled to celebrate.
While the Basilica was the center of religious ceremonies, the Ducal Palace was the seat of the government. From here, crossing the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), you accessed the house of the New Prisons.
Capital executions took place between the two columns that stand at the border of the Piazzetta on the Basin. Here, the sentenced convicts aimed their last glance towards the Clocktower, acknowledging the exact time of their death.