The Piazza delle Biade (Grain Square) lay at the heart of the Venetian town. It is now taken up by Eleftheriou Venizelou Square, where the Fontana Morisini stands. Its original name was taken from the fondaco or state grain warehouses.
The Piazza delle Biade - detail from Giorgio Corner's map showing the Voltone Gate and the granary and barrack complex, 1625 (Giorgio Corner, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice)