Historic Building in Venice
The Procuratie are three connected buildings along the perimeter of Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy. The Procuratie Nuove on the southern side housed the official residences of the procurators. Built between the late-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries to replace a series of dilapidated medieval structures, it represented the culmination of an extensive programme of urban renewal that lasted over a hundred years and profoundly transformed Venice’s city centre, giving it the appearance of a great classical forum.
The other two Procuratie are the Procuratie Vecchie (old Procuracies) and the Procuratie Nuovissime (Newest Procuracies).
Both the official residences in the Procuratie Nuove and the rental apartments in the Procuratie Vecchie were built above arcades with space on the ground floor that was rented out for stores, workshops, and later coffeehouses, including the historic Caffè Florian, Caffè Quadri, and Caffè Lavena.