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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
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Ranked #12 of 214 Attractions in Venice
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Owner description: It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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 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.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

this is an incredibly large piazza at the Basilica of St. Mark's. you can pose with pigeons and have your picture taken or watch others do it! the Correr Museum as well as Doge's Palace are all located here. a must see during your Venetian getaway.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of restaurants, strolling around to see the orchestras playing beautiful music. Unmissable place to go !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

When visiting Venice its essential to visit St.Marks Square, it's extremely busy in the summer months but very large area so it's not a problem. Just be careful when going for a coffee, f you sit down outside one of the cafes with the music they will charge a hefty cover charge - we would have had to pay 40... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the Square the views and the shops, did the obligatory coffee for two at 20 Euros. Designer shops in the Arcades less pricey in the side streets. Didn't see any pick pockets but beggars and hawkers were keeping an eye open for the police and doing a runner when they saw them. We had no trouble with them and... More 

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

St Mark's square is full of amazing architecture. Everywhere you look. Everytime we went back, we saw something we hadnt seen before. It is lined with small shops and eating venues making it a perfect place to keep some time aside to go and enjoy it to its full potential. Was stunning in the snow, with the christmas tree twinkling... More 

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous architecture, dripping with history, but often spoiled by the vast swathes of tourists barreling through. Go out of season to enjoy it in more relative quiet, and otherwise take a peek at night and explore some of the back streets off the tourist trap routes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

During the day, the piazza is packed full with tourists and there are just as many birds. But it is still beautiful to see. Lots of restaurants around the border all playing beautiful music but very expensive to even sit at their table let alone eat their food. Great gelato nearby. A little annoying all the people trying to sell... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This Square is the Epic-centre of all the action for the Pigeons. Some lovely places to stop and get harassed by people trying to grab your Dollars! Get a coffee, a pizza and then a shot of Amaretto!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

At night it is magical - just walk around and see the orchestras - get a drink if you want or simply stand and listen. Visit the different old coffee houses. During the day it is busy and full of tourists but still worth a visit. The heart of Venice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

No matter how much you may hate crowds it is a must that you go to St. Mark's Square. We went in January and the weekend before the high season begins so we were lucky to not have to fight with the crowds. The ornate buildings and grandeur that surrounds you is what takes your breathe away. There are little... More 

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