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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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Ranked #16 of 221 Attractions in Venice
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
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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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Durban, South Africa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

No matter how many times one returns to the square, it holds a fascination. The pigeons are still in attendance, although the authorities are trying their best to eradicate them due to the mess they create on buildings and surrounds. Easy access to all the variety of shops sadly which are very expensive. Restaurants and cafes in this area are... More

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London, United Kingdom
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

A great place to meet people , and effectively a gateway to the miles of Venetian mazes they call the streets. Sadly this place is overwhelmed with tourists and overpriced eateries. Offers the hub to meet before setting off. However is nice in the spring when the crowds are quiet and the pigeons fill the square. This is a place... More

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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29 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Our first stop was a visit to St Mark's church - beautiful. We had a wonderful breakfast in one of the many restaurants. Shopped in many of the stores with our destination being Louis Vuitton for shoes. Something for everyone when you visit Piazza San Marco.

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Waterford, Ireland
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Your first view of this square will take your breath away. The photos and videos that you may have seen beforehand will not adequately prepare you for seeing this in real life. Yes the pigeons can be a nuisance but that's part of the attraction too. The surrounding cafes and their live bands and orchestras seem from another era while... More

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Gt Yarmouth
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

It is always busy, which is not surprising as the main attractions are here with the basilica and dogge palace. Great to go the first time but this is our 3rd visit.

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Douglas, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Not so many people and much easier to wander around, seeing the sights and shops. We missed the floods be 1 day, so we were lucky. Coffee is expensive at cafes with live music, make sure the musicians are 'on duty'. The cafes overlooking the water are cheaper and you can sit for longer. Artists along the waterfront will bargain... More

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Maria, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We visited the square which is surrounded by beautiful architecture. Because it is a world heritage site, the local police are very over protective which made our moments there less enjoyable. You are not allowed to sit on the floor and can only sit around the square. Although I appreciate that the area is protected, I didn't see that our... More

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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

As everyone who went to Venize must came here, i do reccomend you to be here before 10am because after that the crowd will grow and if its rainy season you'll need to get a poncho to cover your shoes for easy walking here or else you have to patiently queue and walk alongg the wooden platform provided to the... More

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Erial, New Jersey
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

My wife and I traveled to Venice in Summer 2014 and loved just sitting in the Square, watching the people and the rising water, and listening to the outdoor music. Perfect way to spend some quiet time resting between all of the wonders of Venice.

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Abu Dhabi
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

There is no way you can visit Venice and not walk through the Square at least half a dozen times to either get somewhere or just come to admire the square itself and its magnificent buildings and attractions. Just don't bother with coffee or a bite to eat here, the prices are simply outrageous even for Venice. Walk just a... More

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