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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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Woodbridge
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I wasn't a big fan of Venice, but this was a lovely thing to see. So if you are going to Venice, you must visit Piazza San Marco.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

A good walk here through the winding streets lots of street acts going on and stalls for souvenirs good place to hangout just very busy whenever your there! Amazing architecture wherever you look! Great picture spot if you get chances!!

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Chicago
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Old Europe - beautiful. Take your time, sit at an outdoor cafe sipping wine and people watch. The square is marvelous, surrounded by museums, shops, PEOPLE, pigeons, music at night and you just stand there and take it in - you're in the heart of Venice, Italy, one the most romantic places in the world - breath deep, enjoy the... More

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Hamrun, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Its amazing that when we passed there is was all dry, 2 hours later there was about 30cm of water, but still everything is organized and well arranged for this event

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Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The square itself was actually a little disappointing. It wasn't as amazing as I thought it would be and unless you are willing to pay top dollar for a meal there is no place to sit and enjoy the square. But if you like birds it is amazing. There are literally hundreds of pigeons in the square, and if you... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

When you come out of the lane ways in Venice to the square you're pretty much awe struck by the square, St Mark's basilica and the huge bell tower. July is definitely the busy season but we enjoyed it all the same.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The best way to get there is to park your car outside Venice and take ferry(public ferry)if driving with car. If ever got lost in venice(and you should!) , just look for signs on walls showing direction to: per s.Marco and follow it!.best place to stay are hotels close by st.marco .. I did not rent a gondola and i... More

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malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

beautiful square. although very crowded however we managed to find a little place to sit down and enjoy this magnificent square. also managed to see a wedding photo shoot around the square! recommendable!

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

You can't go to Venice without going to Saint Marks Square. Bustling with tourists I recommend a tour. We took the Secret Itineraries tour of Doges Palace. It was informative and allows you to appreciate the square and it's history. We stopped for a soda and water at the outdoor cafe across from the palace. You pay for location as... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A drink, people watching and a wonderful musical group...what more could you ask for in an evening. Drinks expensive but once you order, the table is yours for the evening.

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