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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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Amazing! One of my best experiences ever! Although i have to inform that it's expensive, even for a soda or a soft drink. As you are going to the church prefer to have a coffee or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Amazing! One of my best experiences ever! Although i have to inform that it's expensive, even for a soda or a soft drink. As you are going to the church prefer to have a coffee or a drink on the right side of the restaurants. The cost is lower. I do not know why. If you want to spend less... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Please don't get me wrong. I am not saying that you can miss it. All I mean is that it's just too hyped. It's a nice square with pigeons everywhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

St Marks Square was an experience, the cafes, music and tourist boutiques. Walking around the square and looking at the wonderful historical structures surrounded by water was less stressful than expected. It was really easy to get around either by walking, gondola or water bus ( which is a must).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Its a beautiful square. Many museumes around and many cafe to enjoy the place. I reccomend to go up the tower on the square, you could see the whole city fromthe top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You feel that you are 500 years back , only few people who forced you to feed the pigeons ,nice atmosphere and nice people around you

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Absolutely a must see. Enjoy your coffee/food while listening to good music. Can be really crowded at times. None the less, worth your time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Lots to see and do, although packed with tourists during our visit. I did a walking tour, which covered the square and we were there when the clock in the square had the figures come out on the hour bow and go back in. This apparently only happens every 2 years. The shops and eateries were fascinating and the Venetian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Don't stand still for too long or you'll get pooped on! Apparently this is good luck but they couldn't convince me :(

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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

St Marks Square is a great place to visit. It is very crowded for most of the day but it does slow down at times. It is amazing to see the amount of people and that this city is full of life. Lots to see and do. Don't forget to take a gondola ride on the grand canal. Plenty of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Ok this was breathtaking but be warned if you sit in the square at a table you are charged for what you order along with a few for sitting there aaand listening to the orchestra. Not crazy money but just be warned! Tip **This square has a 24hr weather webcam on it so you can tell anyone missing you at... More 

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Address: 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.