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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Description: It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of Europe...
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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A beautiful place

St. Mark's Square is beautiful and historical, of course. Rick Steves offers a free downloadable audio guide which will inform you of the architectural and cultural history. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Burlington, Massachusetts
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Burlington, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

St. Mark's Square is beautiful and historical, of course. Rick Steves offers a free downloadable audio guide which will inform you of the architectural and cultural history. The cafes and shops are overpriced and there are few places to sit and rest though, so you may just pass through on your way to see the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Much larger sqyare than I anticipated! Gets VERY busy...so go early to avoid the masses if you want to take a few good photos.

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Papamoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

awesome atmosphere area, always busy with great places to eat and sit and watch the world go by.....very very busy late morning and early afternoon but we did not find it over welming

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Venice and St Mark's Square fed my soul and my spirit. The beautiful buildings were majestic and instilled a sense of wonder and thankfulness that man can create such wonderful building and cities. The square was full of life and a feeling of being in an international gathering - many tourists from many nations gathering together to appreciate the history... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Although, I love wandering through the square despite the flying rats, otherwise known as pigeons. I think the best time to come is in early May, fewer tourists and better weather.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Stayed in Venice in March and towards the end of the time the increase in tourists and children particularly was marked. All life centres around St. Mark's Square. Venice is fantastic at any time of year but to avoid the crowds and children on field trips, go in October when the weather is still nice and the tourists have gone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Everyone is told to go to the square and for good reason. You can shop, visit the gorgeous church of St Mark, go to to the top of the tower for a great view of Venice and tour the palace. You can people watch and listen to great music while drinking your Prosecco. Be aware that the square does flood... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Saint Mark's Square was high on our list of places to see when we visited Venice. However, my overriding memory will be of hordes of people packed like sardines into every available space. It was difficult to take any good photos other that shots of towers and other shots well above head height. I shudder to think of how many... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

There is no way that you will visit Venice and will not go to Piazza San Marco. It is huge tourist attraction with a lot of expensive restaurants and coffee houses.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I was in Vicenza 6 months ago. I was placed in Lido di Jesolo but i took trip there. It was rainy but i loved this city. It has lot things to offer. This square is very big and spacious. St Marks church is also there. It very nice with all ornaments. At square you can find many cafes with... More 

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