With so many ancient structures in need of constant upkeep, Italy is no stranger to scaffolding. Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica, in particular, is known for constantly being under repair.
Since 1994, the most famous church in the most famous square in Venice has had some sort of scaffolding obstructing its exterior. The Art Newspaper reports, however, that St. Mark’s piazza-facing facade should be scaffold-free for the next several months.
So, if you’re going to Venice for Carnevale or to beat the spring and summer tourists, take your best camera.