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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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As featured in 3 days in Venice
Ranked #14 of 205 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 April 16, 2014 NEW

The piazza is so well known that it needs no introduction. Nowadays it is always crowded. The Piazetta is also crowded. Do not walk between the pillars of the lion and St Giorgio, because it brings bad luck. That is where they used to hang criminals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We had been well warned of the cost if you sit down for a coffee in this square, so we took that advice and refrained from availing of the high priced hospitality. There are several orchestras outside the restaurants and hotels immaculately dressed and performing the popular classics and you are free to listen and enjoy and take in the... More

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A beautiful square with the fantastic Doge's Palace to one side. Lined with Cafe's with musicians who entertain you while you drink. Good thing too as at 15 Euros for the smallest glass of wine I have every had I needed all the extras I could get, although it is a fantastic place to people watch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This square is insanely beautiful. The architecture is amazing. Each building is special in a different way. There's no other place like it.

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St. Louis, MO, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The most expensive cup of hot chocolate I have ever had. If you're on the economy plan, don't bother. But, if you're on the one-of-a-kind experience plan, do it! THE BEST CIACOLLATO EVER! Add the waiters in waistcoats and gloves, the Italian music combo playing a tarantella and it's Piazzo San Marco! Made me cry, I'm not lying.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Square needs a little TLC, very busy with lots of expensive places to eat and drink, but you can walk a few minutes away and spend far less

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This place is buzzing day and night. A great location to sit and relax, do a spot of shopping and fab for photo opportunities. The only thing i would say is to be careful about dining here especially during the night. The live musicians outside are very charming and its easy to take a seat, order a drink and not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Fantastic Piazza which everyone visits on their trip to Venice. It is a fantastic open space which was being used for a university graduation ceremony on one of the days of our visit. Take plenty money if you are planning to have a coffee sitting out in one of the cafes with tables on the Piazza - expect to pay... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Everyone who visits Venice also visits this square. We were lucky and it wasn't to crowded during our stay in March but I believe it gets very crowded during European summer. We also visited during night which was lovely but comparing to other European cities it was not as well light up which was a shame. I also didn't appreciate... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Well this is a place you cant miss if you are in Italy. It is been highlighted in alomost all travel websited and is a must part of your itinerary. We went to venice in October and it was flooded with tourists. The walk upto the square is something you will always remember, lots of places to eat and shop.... More

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