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St. Mark's Square

Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
+39 06 0427 40436
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It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of Europe." And it is a breathtakingly beautiful place. But the square has long been a lure for massive numbers of pigeons, drawn by the massive numbers of tourists who readily feed them. While the tourists happily post for photos amid the flock, there are concerns that the birds' presence--and what they leave behind--will damage the centuries old architecture and art work.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
San Marco
+39 06 0427 40436
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Reviewed yesterday

often overcrowded but a visit to Venice isn't complete without a visit to this magnificent plaza... during our stay of three nights in Venice, we got up early couple of times and took advantage and came early to have the Plaza to ourselves... plenty to...More

Thank guillepinar72
Reviewed yesterday

Every place, in every part of the world, has it's 'places' that you must see. Because how could you not? You can't say you went to Venice but didn't see St. Mark's Square. It's interesting to see. But is there anything super spectacular about it?...More

Thank 542bernadettew
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Massive large square opening from the Basicila and the palace. Plenty of shops to browse around and lots of coffee shops/restaurants. Be careful of the prices. We ordered two cappuccinos and sat down and the cost was 30€ + tip. So we didn't make that...More

Thank Liz G
Reviewed yesterday

Gorgeous views all around. So much to see. Yes, there are tourists everywhere. We were there two days--a Monday and a Tuesday. We went late in the afternoon Monday, and actually it was quite empty and we could really take in all of the beautiful...More

Thank MarisaB7932
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was good to visit this square but it is constantly busy and there is not much to see in the square itself.

Thank Andrea C
Reviewed yesterday

as the title says. if you don't come here if you are in venice, i don't know what you are doing here. check out café florian, since the 1720s, Charles dickens once had tea here, so they say.

Thank akironman
Reviewed yesterday

Breathtakingly beautiful! Would def recommend visiting at night to see the squares dueling orchestras. 2 restaurants across the square dueling beautiful music hoping to leur patrons to their respective restaurants. Love the feel of this place. Oh, and climb the tower during the day. The...More

Thank Nidhi R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Be prepared to be amazed, you slip through tiny streets full of smells and delights shaded and quiet then boom st marks square......it's loud busy full of every walk of life, vibrant and a live. It's massive and amazing with buildings that will leave you...More

Thank misscelliott
Reviewed 2 days ago

If I ever get used to this kind of over-the-top architecture, I will probably stop traveling altogether. I say this because it doesn't get better than Venice, Italy. We have traveled there two times and I've still not explored the entire island. You can't get...More

Thank Whitechris1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everyone starts from or ends up at St Marks Square, The center of Venice. Along The Square are The Doges Palace and St Marks Cathedral. During our stay drains on the square were overflowing filling parts of the square with salt water during a high...More

Thank gablesjerry
San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one
of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza
San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica,
clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops,
orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand
pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring
campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower,
plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and
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I read something ab out the streets flooding at high tide in Venice? Is this common? Do you need boots? Also, what did a traveler mean in mentioning that you need to cover your arms and legs in order to be dressed appropriately for admission to attractions in Venice? tia
26 April 2017|
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Response from SJB448 | Reviewed this property |
Hi the streets do on occasion flood and the Venicians and tourists alike take it in their stride...in fact I think it is turned into a fun time! The hotel we stay at provides boots for these days. As for the attractions I... More
What area is less expensive but still safe and nice for meals? Everyone has been saying restaurants/cafes so expensive in St. Marks. Where do you recommend eating?
25 April 2017|
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Response from SJB448 | Reviewed this property |
Hi all areas of Venice are safe. We stay at the Hotel Ala near St Marks square and everywhere is accessible from there. We tended to take a walk and find a restaruant to eat in,they all have prices outside but beware of... More
We are coming in Late June until July 2. Is there ever a really quiet time in the square for some serious photography?
30 January 2017|
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Response from SJB448 | Reviewed this property |
Yes early morning is the best time to see Venice. It soon fills up as people wake up or get off the cruise ships and becomes a bit manic. The best advise I can give is get away from the 'attractions,' get lost, explore there... More