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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 #5 of 339 things to do 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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Limassol, Cyprus
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The place is just magnificent! After walking through the narrow streets of Venice, the Square looks enormous and powerful. A combination of historical buildings and modern cafes, it attracts millions. It is well worth a visit.

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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Carnival with beautiful masks. I liked all the preparations of the costumes, a lot of peoples, happines and love.

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Saltillo, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My favorite view of this Piazza is entering from one of the sides of the Basilica, near midnight, when there is still music and the lights are on, but there is no more daylight and it is not crowded! Then you can really fall in love with its mysteries, stories, music, adventures, lovers, etc.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful part of venice and a must if you are here. I would recommend getting here early in the morning as the square becomes very busy later in the day. There are plenty of cafes around the square however I would recommend to avoid these as they are very expensive. We stopped at one facing the canal... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

It's one of a few places I've seen that have thousands and thousands of doves hovering around you. Just open your hand with biscuit to feed them. The square was under renovation when we were there also. Unless you have a deep pocket, take your refreshment a block away.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Lovely and lively place, full if activity and hustle bustle. You can't miss this when in Venice. We went here each evening. It has a number of cafes and restaurants which are good for dinner. The famous glass shops around this area are a must visit if you are missing a trip to burano island.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

At Carnival time, St. Mark's Piazza becomes the caput mundi of Venice, swarming with tourists. Milling about, whether in carnival costumes or not, there're people everywhere. So much so, that even the famous pidgeons are overwhelmed by the deluge. Music, masks, carnival costumes, special events and concerts, costume contests & parades. Entertainment goes on till late at night. The huge... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Amazing lively location! The canl on one side and beatiful old buildings on the other. A must visit as a part of a venetian tour

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

St marks square is a busy vibrant place. You can learn so much if you take the time to chat to the staff who work in the shops and cafe etc. The masks are amazing just listen to how they are made and go to the top of the tower for an awesome view.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Busy and full of atmosphere. Music and contest on most of the day, very wet after high tides (12 day a year). S depending when you go pack wellie boots.

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