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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 2-0415220524
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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Smaller than I remember it on my last visit of 50 years ago but nicer and more beautiful ! As we were staying so close by we were able to visit in the evening when there were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Smaller than I remember it on my last visit of 50 years ago but nicer and more beautiful ! As we were staying so close by we were able to visit in the evening when there were hardly any tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

We loved visiting St Mark's Square! Admittedly, we were overwhelmed by the people and the pigeons during the day. But when we returned at night, we found a beautifully-lit, romantic scene. My husband and I walked around, listening to the battle of the bands. Warning: you will get bombarded with people shoving roses at you, and they expect to be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Only problem with St Marks is there is not enough public seating. Cafe bars need to be a bit more reasonable with their prices, far to expensive. Pigeons have almost gone thank god but more should be done to get rid of them completely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

This is a perfect picture place. In the day, it is full of people, and birds that join you in your photoshoots. In the night, you can enjoy a nice cold Limoncello and either listen to classical live music or dance with your partner to the rhythm of the romantic moonlit live music.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

There was certainly a little culture here. A few restaurants had outdoor seating with the piano playing but I opted not being in the square long due to the nasty, numerous pigeons!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

So much in such a small area to see and do. Make sure you leave yourself good time, or visit a number of times. Iconic and awesome - easy access to some great sights and plenty of cafes around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Look, let's get one thing straight, it's a tourist trap! But this important square needs to be visited. Try and look beyond the masses and see this beautiful open space. Stand in the centre and gaze at the glory of The Basilica Di San Marco, the towering Campanile and all the other amazing buildings that surround this great square!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

The architecture is simply stunning. There is an unmistakable buzz around the place. Night time or very early morning is best when tourists have dispersed and you can move more freely around. The cafes have nice music in the evenings and you can wander from place to place having an expensive drink and listening to the live bands.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

clean, dispite all the birds, we wanted to sit and listen to music, but were told there was an entertainment charge. so we went to a coffee bar right there for free

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Entering from the opposite end to San Marco gives a stunning view over an absolutely enormous square. If you want the best photos this is the end to start as when you get further down towards the basilica the crowds are overwhelming and elbow to elbow so a bit tricky getting a decent view to photo. Stunning architecture.

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.