When the maze of narrow streets, which at first can not understand, is left behind, the tourist immediately jumps out from under a low arch of the Clock Tower on the main square of Venice – Piazza San Marco, framed by a square of old and new Procuratie, construction of which dates from 1497 and 1547 years respectively. It is this area in his time, Napoleon called the most elegant drawing room of Europe and made it in 1797 in a huge ballroom in the open. What to do Announced Venice Napoleon loved balls. In recent months, gymnast has been very successful. Although the city itself is not strongly favored the emperor. He ordered to burn the priceless "Golden Book" of Venice, where for 1000 years fit in golden letters the names most noble families of Venice. Napoleon ordered to close the Doge's Palace, and even ordered take out from Venice, a bronze statue of four horses that came to Venice in 1204 from Constantinople. (However, after the fall of Napoleon, the statue was returned to Venice) in 1798 Napoleon graciously conceded Venice Austria, which included the city remained until 1866 when the population voted for joining the Kingdom of Italy. Since Venice is decorated with a statue of King Vittorio Emanuele ii – the first Italian king.. .