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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 2-0415220524
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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Sat in the square people watching whilst listening to music and having a glass of wine. The place is amazing. Gorgeous buildings and wonderful ambience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Very touristy of course but you have to take a look, and the more you look the more you see. You can listen to the music for free and stare in at Florian cafe. Its Venice. Breathe it in and enjoy. april was a great time to go, not too many people and brilliant weather

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Ok, it's big and I guess without the bazillion people there, it's pretty - but the surrounding area is like a bad amusement park with a religious theme. I guess because of it's rep, you go, like you go to Times Square first time in NY. However, there is so much more to see throughout this amazing city, so many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Sat in the square people watching whilst listening to music and having a glass of wine. The place is amazing. Gorgeous buildings and wonderful ambience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Every tourist in Venice comes here, but with good reason. Beautiful architecture, and a great view of the lagoon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

A must go and see obviously! incredibly expensive, the bars are awesome but so so so so expensive. You will hear live music from the bar's bands which makes the experience even better! If you can, go and enjoy a drink and a snack.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Every one that goes to Venice comes to see Piazza San Marco. So get here early or come late in the day. Watch the Sun go down into the water and pinch yourself to see if this is really you in Venice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Square. Brilliant atmosphere. Take in all the amazing architecture. But don't go to cafés here. €13 min for coffee or soft drink.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

While in Rome we decided to take a trip to Venice. We took the fast train from Rome to Venice. Once we arrived we took a water taxi to St. Marks Square. What a wonderful day. We shopped and sat at a restaurant and had cappuccino. It was certainly a wonderful experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We were there on a Monday morning in April and it was amazingly busy with long queues for entry to the cathedral. We returned on the afternoon of the second day and although still busy, the square was much more enjoyable and the light was better for photographs. The atmospere of the square with its many restaurants with live music... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful part of Venice to sit outside a restaurant/cafe, string quartet playing and watching the world go by, drinking great coffee and delicious cake with the wonderful backdrop of the Basilica. Of course all of this comes at a price so expect little change from €100 for 2 coffees, 1 orange juice, 3 cakes.

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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.