The southern building on St. Mark’s Square is the Procuratie Nuove, the newest of the three connected Procuratie buildings. Stand under this building where many famous people once looked out onto one of the most beautiful plazas in the world. Stroll under the grand arcades that sprawl throughout this venerable square.
Construction of the Procuratie Nuove began in 1586 and continued until 1640. The extended effort resulted in the creation of one of the finest buildings in any square, with serious attention paid to the classical architectural style. Though this classical style was unusual in the 17th century, today see how this building provides a perfect European setting for a daytime stroll and a coffee.
Tour the marble halls of the Correr Museum, a main attraction for tourists, spanning the Procuratie Nuove and the Procuratie Vecchia. Known for its impressive collection of Italian art, this museum is necessary to understand artwork completed around the time of the construction of the Procuraties. Study several of Bellini and Carpaccio’s most famous paintings. Also find original works from Brueghel the Younger and Antonello de Messina on display here.
Sample the Italian contemporary art scene with a visit to the Arte Moderna Ravagnan. This gallery showcases work from some of the most famous living Italian artists and occasionally features works from non-Italian, internationally renowned artists as well.
The Procuraties are known for their expensive and venerated coffee shops, which serve delicious espresso. Visit the Baroque haunt frequented by Lord Byron and Marcel Proust, Caffè Florian. Walk to Procuratie Vecchia to find Caffè Levena, for a truly authentic Italian coffee and biscotti experience. Both Florian and Levena have been in business since the mid-18th century.
Reach the Procuratie Nuove by traveling to St. Mark’s Square at the southern end of San Marco. Once you’re in St. Mark’s, Procuratie Nuove is the southern of the two longer buildings on the square. Save enough time to explore the wonderful restaurants and food shops in the area after you’re finished sightseeing in the square.