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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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Bloomington, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

You must visit this piazza. It will be crowded and noisy, but a must see. It is worth joining a walking tour so a guide explains this place and the surrounding area.

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South Salem, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

OK the place is famous and yes go see the square but I really don't get it. Overcrowded, merchants selling cheap stuff, over-priced cafes, pigeons, etc. Maybe if I visited earlier or later in the day I would be felt some the "magic". Venice is great, you will always remember the Piazza San Marco, but I would never call it... More

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lincolnshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Venice is most definitely one of the top ten places to visit before you die! It was even better than I could have imagined and after strolling around St. Mark's Square watching the world go by I have to admit I was in love with this wonderful place.

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Shenandoah, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

It is easy to while away the better part of a day here. The cathedral is amazing in its beauty and stature. Parts of it are currently under scaffolding for cleaning and repair, but there is plenty remaining to see, enjoy and photograph. The arches which surround the square aren't just pretty to look at. They do a great job... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed sitting under the Venice sun and watching people and pigeons do what they do on a nice day in Venice. Just be aware that your coffee will run around 11 Euro's and a coke goes for 10. Still, that bought us 90 minutes of free entertainment and if you use the restrooms 2 or 3 times you cut... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Night or day it's hard not be impressed. We went to a little tea house off to the side which was really gorgeous - not cheap but worth the experience. I can't remember what it was called but there was also a band playing outside. All very fabulous but due to jet lag all a bit of a blur. Note... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Visiting the Square and its surroundings at night proved to be a very romantic experience. The expanse of the square felt huge. At midnight we were too late to order coffee. The cafes were closing up for the night. We enjoyed the soft sound of the mini orchestra and had a little dance in the Square. Definitely derserving of a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Its a must to do on your list! For the 3 days we were there we made sure that we had an hour or so left especially when the sun is out to just sit out on the square and have proseco wines, cafes, a meal or just desserts and listen to the musicians. Its one of the most beautiful... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

It's a great place but you're missing a lot if you don't have a good guide. Otherwise it's basically a couple bars, a church and a couple other buildings with a tower. But with Rick Steve's audio (free to download) it is a much better experience. He points out things you haven't even noticed before even after you spent some... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The best part of of the square was walking towards it, coming out of the narrow streets into this amazing square, it feels like you have stepped back in time. The only down side was being told off trying to feed the pigeons, I understand that they have become a problem but it was just something i wanted to do.

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