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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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The Heart of the City

This piazza should be on everyone's list. It's classic Venice at it's best. There are historic buildings surrounding the huge square, with restaurants, shops, music and more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This piazza should be on everyone's list. It's classic Venice at it's best. There are historic buildings surrounding the huge square, with restaurants, shops, music and more pigeons than I've ever seen. It's truly the heart of Venice from historical and cultural perspectives. Go there and enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

This Historic square truly endured time And exudes beauty of architecture in harmony of time and space, Unsurprisingly packed during steamy summer days, but a joy for people- watching!

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Impressive place, fantastic architecture, great experience to sit and have a drink or lunch and people watch.the restaurants are quite pricey but what a setting!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I didn't enjoy the square at all this time round. The last time I visited was perhaps 15 years ago and I find it has become a bit tired. The restaurants on the square are awfully expensive €14 for the cheapest glass of wine and there is a lack of atmosphere because of this as people won't pay the price.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I love venice and I love St Mark's Square or Piazza San Marco. I could spend all day here just listening to the various museums, watching the people come and go and just soaking up the atmosphere. Everything apart from the cost of eating and drinking is St Mark's is amazing but everyonce in a while you just have to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The square was absolutely heaving on the day we went. We got ice cream from one of the parlours on the square and sat on the steps to watch people coming and going. There are gaps between the restaurants where you can sit on the steps. You can of course sit inside the parlour or outside at a table, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A beautiful place, with lots of restaurants and bars. Full of music at night. Beware though drinks are very expensive. A must though if visiting Venice

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful historical square full of history and significance. You can't come to Venice and not see this. Beautiful icon sights to see around the square too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

August in St. Mark's Square is wild. People from all over the world gather to see the lovely buildings, palace, church and shops. The best time to appreciate it is late at night when the street venders are not shoving selfie sticks in your face. The selfie sticks are a pain in the *** to others. People stop on one... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Venice is disappointing. You expect lots of tourists, crowds and hustle and bustle but not rude waiters, expensive food and drink and dirty public toilets for 1.50 Euros. I think the destination is extremely overrated. There are many other places in Italy that are just as attractive but much more pleasant - example Trieste, Luca, Florence and even Rome. If... More 

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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.