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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 #16 of 214 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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Ripon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit and tourist watch..... but I prefer the smaller squares dotted around in Venice. If you want to go up the bell tower with little queue's ... go after 7pm. for the Basilica etc.... pre book your ticket or get there early morning! The view over the lagoon from the square is fantastic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Well visited by train from Bologna 1h 25 min and what a sight greater us out of station. Well the water bus is expensive for day trip so we walked to all the main sights and there is no need to take the water bus as you more walking about. The square and views of the water from square stunning... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My personal admiration for that place cmes from the fact that I could see it in different time and light, full of peaple and almost empty. July obviously is a high season and during the day the square is packed with people. Still, there are plenty things to be seen, with Basilica, bell tower, clock tower and Museum Correr at... More

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Shropshire, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is one of the great squares that few places in the world can match. Everyone visiting Venice comes here, and it is full of atmosphere. It is also surprisingly clean, despite the sheer volume of visitors, as it is regularly swept. However, the famous and lovely cafés are notoriously expensive, and the shops are much more costly than those... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The centre square for Venice. If you’re headed to Venice, you’re bound to have a Gondola ride, and if that’s true, you’re bound to reach Piazza San Marco. As you walk into the Piazza, you’ve got the Basilica di San Marco on your left, followed by the Doge's Palace, the Museo Correr on your right, St Mark's Campanile right in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

St marks square is amazing. We'll worth a visit with The Doges Palace ,The Basilica and clock tower all there . fabulous

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Bismarck, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Piazza San Marco is a must see, especially if you like people watching. Go early in the morning before the crowds to enjoy your surroundings.

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Mansfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is the main square in Venice! A great place to sit and eat lunch or dinner and people watch! Its super crowded but worth seeing.

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Prince Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

After walking through Venice from one canal to another , you have got to stop for Gelato as a pick me up. My favorite was Lemoncella.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

St. Mark's square is beautiful but be wary of the expensive shops and restaurants due to the touristy nature. And lets not forget the pigeons there are hundreds..

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