Welcome to Monday! It may be hard for some to get back into the swing of the work week, but we have a couple of things for you to that may help you take your mind off of the week ahead and relax a bit. If you happen to be in Venice, Italy or plan on visiting soon, this installment of Dollars & Sense is just for you. Check it out below.
Visit the Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark's Basilica):
The first view of the Basilica di San Marco from the western end of piazza San Marco is an unforgettable experience. It is particularly impressive in the evening, when the mosaics on the façade glow in the light of the setting sun.Often seen as the living testimony of Venice's links with Byzantium, St Mark's basilica is also an expression of the city's independence. In the Middle Ages any self-respecting city state had to have a truly important holy relic. So when two Venetian merchants swiped the body of St Mark from Alexandria in 828, concealed from prying Muslim eyes under a protective layer of pork, they were going for the very best. Fortunately, there was a legend (or one was quickly cooked up) that the saint had once been caught in the lagoon in a storm, and so it was fitting that this should be his final resting place. The Basilica is free to visit and open from 2-5pm during the week
piazza San Marco