The Lion of Venice, the bronze griffin lion sculpture in St Mark’s Square, has a rather long history.
It dates back to 300 BC in Cilicia (Turkey) as a monument dedicated to the god, Sandon. In the 12th century, it was taken to Venice.
However, in the earlier part of the 19th century, the lion was sent to France, where it was broken into many pieces.
In 1815, it was sent back to Venice as a recast sculpture.
The main Venetian staples are fish, rice, and of course, polenta!
Pasta and pizza originate from Italy and have been recently added to the restaurants’ menus for increased diversity as well as due to their popularity.
The Lion of Venice came to symbolize the charming city after it became a part of its St Mark’s Square in the 12th century. It is definitely a sight to see when you are touring the islands of the romantic city of Venice when on vacation.