As you enter St. Mark's Square, you pass two massive free-standing columns. At the top of one is St. Theodore, a military leader who played an important role in early Venetian history. Atop the other column is a winged lion, the mythical guardian of Venice and the symbol of St. Mark.
The architecture is a reproduction of the Doges Palace in Venice. Since it would be virtually impossible to find an exact duplicate of the marble, the Disney Imagineers created their own. In this case, the marble is actually fiberglass (covering brick supports) that has been painted and specially treated to resemble the real thing.
The shops and architecture are the featured attractions in Italy.
There are several places to dine and or/nosh in the Italy area.
Tutto Italia is an Italian trattoria that features all the standards, from lasagna to cannoli. It is full service restaurant open for lunch and dinner.
Via Napoli – Italian pizzeria, serving up authentic pies made with imported flour and special water, as well as salads and sandwiches.
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is an atmospheric wine cellar serving wines, beers, sandwiches and small plates.
Italian Gelato Kiosk – serving various flavors of Italian gelato
In early October, 2014 the Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro began performing in Italy. The tradition, which dates back to the late Middle Age, is the ancient art of flag waving. The group of flag wavers, drummers, and trumpeters perform several times a day.
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The Pavilion includes kumquat trees, olive trees and grapevines as well as several "container gardens."
Holidays from Around the World features storytellers in each country. In Italy, La Befana makes appearances throughout the afternoon. La Befana is the good witch who brings gifts to children on the Epiphany, January 6.
Epcot Passports are great fun for kids as they have them stamped at each pavilion around World Showcase.
Delizie Italiane – Italian chocolates, candies.
Il Bel Cristallo – Murano crystal, Capodimonte florals and figures, glassware, decorative items.
La Cucina Italiana – Gourmet foods and cookware, pastries, wines.
Via Napoli trucks in special water from the northeast that they feel best matches the mineral content of Naples, Italy so they can make the perfect pizza crust.
The statues on the Doges Palace are hollow and are held in place by steel rods which run through the base into the statues themselves.
The city of Venice was the inspiration for the Italian Pavilion.
The garden is more like a garden patio: blue, white and pink hanging baskets add color to the large buildings and garden walls. Citrus trees, such as orange and lemon, along with other Mediterranean trees, dominate the landscape. Flowering plants in authentic containers decorate the plaza.
L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante, rich in Florentine style, closed August 31, 2007 when the contract with Epcot ended. Alfredo's was based on a famous Roman restaurant of the same name. Fettucine Alfredo was the restaurant specialty.
Via Napoli, a table-service pizzeria, officially opening in September 2010. The Patina Restaurant Group operates the new pizzeria.