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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 215 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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Preston, Lancashire
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

After seeing many pictures of this beautiful square I was looking forward to my visit. I wasn't disappointed. The pictures, as beautiful as they are, just didn't prepare me for the amazing atmosphere. We walked round the square in silence trying to take it all in. After 5 days we were still seeing new things. The down side .... the... More

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

In august you can not see much of the square but a lot of the buildings have now been cleaned,and are now very pristine. Have to admit that there are fewer pigeons than a few years ago. Do not eat in any of the restaurants in the square as you will need a second mortgage to pay the bill.

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

It is probably one of the most famous spaces, in one of the most famous Cities, on Earth. My wife and I visited Venice on a day excursion and of course were led to Saint Mark’s Square by our Tour Guide. On the coach to the City the Guide warned us about the price of a coffee at one of... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

At least two hour long queue's for all of the beautiful attractions. Best to avoid August. The square is as beautiful as the quide books say it is. A must.

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MIAMI,FLORIDA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We visited Piazza San Marco several times during our visit to Venice. We just felt in love with all the buildings , restaurants, little shops and ambiance in the Piazza and the Piazetta, Just take your time, walk around, explore, have a gelato, breath in the ocean smell, check out the oil paintings by the Grand Canal, take lots of... More

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

It is stunning and magnificent, but also incredibly crowded and best visited in the late afternoon.. 2pm onwards... we literally walked into the Doges Palace and then St Marks Cathedral without queuing in mid August !!! My other tip is wait til 8pm onwards when the square becomes dark and the orchestra's in the various cafes and restaurant begin to... More

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

A great place to walk around and explore, views of the canal, St Marks Cathedral in the distance, shops and cafes surrounding the square, The Bell tower waiting to be climbed a few steps away. Pigeons waiting to be fed. If you get there before 10am, the line wasn't that long to get into cathedral or bell tower, after that... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Italy is filled with piazzas, but this one is particularly amazing, as it seems to open up out of nowhere among Venice's cramped streets and canals. We took beautiful panoramic photos here.

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Novi Sad, Serbia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The square is beautiful and amazing, surrounded by many cultural and historical sights. It's one of those times you can just stand and look around thinking where to go next. When we were there all around who had live music in the restaurants giving out an pleasant atmosphere to the square. I do have to say it can get crowded... More

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Priors Marston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

In the day time,lots of tourists .At night time sitting at one of the many open air bars,restaurants on the square,when the lights go on it is truly Magical experience,the buildings lit up,traders selling there products,drinking a glass of chilled wine,served by white coated waiters,what more can one ask?

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