it includes the historic landing quay for ships, north of the waterway bacino di san marco. in the middle of this area (called piazetta) are two large granite columns. on their top are sculptures of the patron saints of venice. the most symbolic one shows a winged lion.
the torre dell orologio contains a stunning clock setting, and presents the winged lion in front of a blue sky with stars.
the campanile, erected 1156 and extended in 1513, is 99 m high. it collapsed 1902 yet was rebuilt within a few years. from its top terrace, views over the marcus square and all over venice are possible.