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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
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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Crowded, Touristy but Worth Seeing

Lot's of people and pigeons, but a must see when in Venice. Get your art and tee shirts there from the Italian vendors.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Lot's of people and pigeons, but a must see when in Venice. Get your art and tee shirts there from the Italian vendors.

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Rotherham, Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Not really spoilt by the people touting roses, toys, and fake handbags but you could do without it. A great place to visit and look round, with access to the Basilica and the Bell Tower (Campanile). At night it's relaxing with bands playing outside several restaurants and you can stroll down to the canal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Wonderful, amazing crazy place have never seen as many people in one place in all my life! Don't be scared by people saying it's expensive ,outside of StMarks sq prices are pretty average just be sensible. Minimum for a gondola is €80 but you can share with people it's just one of those things you've got to do ! Rialto... More 

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

the piazza, filled with people, pigeons scattered like pepper along, the chimes of the large clock and toll of the church bells. Amazing. the trio that played at the restaurant was a nice special treat as we ate our gelato. The square opens up to a wonderful view of the Grand Canal and the neighboring islands, and speckled with the... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A beautiful square surrounded by stunning buildings. Slightly spoiled by all of us tourists standing shoulder to shoulder trying to get the best views. Unless you are a millionaire don't be tempted to sit at one of the pavement cafes for a drink - the St Mark's premium is eye watering.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A nice place to stop and watch the hustle and bustle of the world go by. The coffee may be expensive, but it was only once! The small orchestra playing in the cafe added to the magic. Some lovely shops to browse in too. Worth remembering there is also a public loo (small charge - attended so can get change)... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Walking out of the tiny corridors in Venice to this awe inspiring Square is truly unforgettable!!!! The architecture and thought that was put into the design of the square is breathtaking. All the buildings in the Square are unique and are very powerful, especially the Basilica. And then it just opens up to the sea! Yes there are A LOT... More 

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Batroun, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Busy, crowded & animated square but in a classy way. St Marco square is one of the biggest in Italy & it is a MUST SEE The various architectural languages in buildings facades gives her a unique aspect. Venice is WONDERFUL by all means.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

But, alas, there's so many tourists that you might want to make the visit brief and instead wander off into some of the maze-like streets where you can see remnants of "authentic" Venetian lives.

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Annecy, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Nice Square. You must go there when visiting Venice of course! But expect a lot lot lot of people. Walk around, stop for a coffee, enjoy the views...

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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.