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St. Mark's Square

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 6042740436
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of...

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 place is amazing!

There were so many people here I am not sure how we didn't get lost. Take as little with you as you can, because you want to enjoy where you are and not worry about your... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Rhonda B
Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There were so many people here I am not sure how we didn't get lost. Take as little with you as you can, because you want to enjoy where you are and not worry about your belongings. Don't be afraid to explore further as you will find some cute shops behind the square. Be prepared to be amazed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful plaza for gathering, great eateries, shops, photo ops. A lot of history in this plaza. Take time to walk the perimeter.

Thank Gordon S
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our trip included the Venice Carnival, this took place in St Marks Square with the stage being set up in the middle of the square.

Thank RichDee1966
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were there during Carnaval, in 18th century costumes ourselves and enjoying the creativity and respectfull way of celebrating of the locals and tourists, but San Marco is always a visit worth. Go into the stunning Basilica, book tickets for the Doge's palace and the museums around. And pay over €10 for a drink on one of the terraces, if... More 

Thank LloydxMarcel
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The impact of the square upon first sight is powerful - you can feel why it is so celebrated and written about. But truthfully, after a week of passing by or through it, I was saddened by the touristyness (I made that word up) and blatant price gouging of it all. It's all about shopping. The food and vendors closest... More 

Thank lorinhesse
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful area with lovely scenery all around. Museums are great too and the Basilica and tower are worth a visit. Be prepared as it's very busy and there are lots of pigeons! Also don't visit the cafes around the square, one we went to wanted €15 for a coffee and €10 for a can of coke!!

Thank Joe H
Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Venice is delicious, unique, gloriously OLD buildings, pigeons, passaggiata, steps, bridges, food, smells, open-air markets, pigeons, water everywhere, hopeless with a map, pigeons, more steps, a slice of an older world, food stalls, NO cars, gondolas, stairs and STAIRS! So, what is our advice? PLEASE get in some serious walking before you go, if you want to enjoy Venice. There... More 

Thank jeri f
Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Piazza San Marco should be on all visitors must see list when coming to Venice. It is in fact, seemingly the heart of the tourist traffic flow through this place. Sadly its usually so crowded you can't enjoy it as much as you would like. Be careful to not try to bring food unless you want to be bombarded by... More 

Thank Jardindemichelle
South West England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a beautiful place. We arrived by ship, following a VERY stormy night at sea, when all the items in our ship cabin left their original location!! On arriving in St. Marks, there were hailstones piled up at the walls, which apparently is VERY RARE! Because of this unusual weather phenomenon, Venice smelt very fresh and clean! Have been 3... More 

Thank Kayzee38
Titusville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place used to be a horror -- too many pigeons dropping too much of what pigeons drop -- but thanks to local efforts the pigeons are under control and you can enjoy the magnificence of the square without fear of being attacked.

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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.