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St. Mark's Square

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Description: It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of Europe...
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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This was absolutely beautiful, unfortunately when we where there the church was having some renovations, there where artists singing in the square which gave great atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This was absolutely beautiful, unfortunately when we where there the church was having some renovations, there where artists singing in the square which gave great atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Between 9 and 5 in August the place is a zoo. Way too many people from cruise ships are wandering around. After 5 things calm down to a reasonable level. The scenery is stunning.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The place is wonderful, the church and history behind it makes it an exceptional place to go. Beyond that whole square, specially in carnaval period is something exceptional. You go once and u want to comeback.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We visited St Marks Square nearly every day during the week we had in Venice. It is a beautiful square. Lots of shops - mixed range of prices so something for everyone. Was interesting to see the square at high tide in the evening. It had a magical quality to it as the square flooded a little. Would prefer if... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Amazing place but hoards of people and package tours. We walked through but tried to get outside the busiest areas. Restaurants look very very tourist quality and I wouldn't even try to eat at any of them. Take a picture and move on.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Lovely place to walk through. Wonderful, vibrant feel. If you don't mind paying an arm and a leg for a coffee, there are lovely cafés where you can sit and soak up the atmosphere. Nice shops. Lots of tourists, but that's because it's amazing!

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I spent a Thursday night in Venice and naturally went to this square. It was about midnight and there was a band playing in a very expensive hotel where a hot chocolate cost 18 euros and we are not talking about size grande! The music was very enjoyable and a perfect location to dance away!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Huge beautiful square in the center of Venice. Truly breathtaking and a wonderful place to take a panoramic or wonderful pictures, perhaps with a pigeon if that's your thing. Everything in Venice comes back to St. Marks Square so you can't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Gets very crowded later in the day and evening. Better to visit in the morning. We arrived early in July and were able to see it all without obstruction.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A huge square packed with tourists (yes, I was one of them) - lots and lots of tours with their tour guides giving all sorts of historical and interesting facts (all of which you can read in any travel guide). The square itself is lovely with surrounding water and beautiful architecture. Lots of people selling all sorts of cheap and... More 

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Veneto  >  Province of Venice  >  City of Venice  >  Venice>  > San Marco

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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 Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.