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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

Piazza San Marco | San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
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Ranked #15 of 217 Attractions in Venice
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

After dinner visit the square. In the evening the crowds have gone and you walk around and listen to the orchestras playing. It is pure magic to see St Marks lit up at night. During the day it is crowded and difficult to navigate.

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Wonderful place to hang out, particularly at night when the crowd shrinks. The food not be so good, but order some drinks and an appetizer and sit back and relax.

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Walking tour gave us a wonderful sense of life in Venice. The tour gives you a picture of the streets beyond the normal tourist areas and a glimpse into life as it is now and how it was. Fascinating place which is well worth the visit.

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Cypress, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

However, the music from the coffee shops in the evening is relaxing and a welcome change from the hustle of the square.

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Sealy, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It is nice to visit, but crowded with all the cruise ship people! We did sit and have a wine in a nice place outside, we got charged 12 euro because they were playing live music, but was worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Beautiful and romantic squares Came to Venice must-see Feel the romantic atmosphere of the coffee, breeze and jazz night!

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

So please, pay to sit, drink coffee, listen to the music, it will cost around 6 or 7 euro plus 6 euro ech if you are in a cafe with music, but get over it, there is no experience like it, you can sit and watch weddings, soak up the atmosphere, listen to the bells, wiatch genuine joy from tourists... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

If there is a syncronym for the worlds most touristic place - that must be either st. mark's square, or times square in NYC. Still, an experience to be made ;)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Great experience , a lot of cafés and bars . Or you can hang out with a symbol of the city- Dove. Grab some seeds and feed them they're very friendly as they're used to tourists taking photos with them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I love St Mark's Square. It is stunning. It's packed during the day, so make sure you go at night and soak it in as well as before 7:30AM when it's usually mostly deserted. Fantastic when it is cleared out of the flood of tourists.

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