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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 217 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Even with the throngs of tourists and hawkers it is still magnificent. We saw it first in the early evening and it was magical watching the sun go down over the buildings. Be firm saying no to the rose sellers though!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

At first it seems a little touristy to pay the very high prices to sit at one of the outdoor tables in St. Mark's Square and listen to the music. That is until you do it! The ambience, romance and magic of the location are an experience not to be forgotten or missed! The musicians are delightful and their performances... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

There are so many attractions around St Marks Square, it is easy to fit into your sightseeing. Walking through the square is interesting but very crowded with tourists, vendors and tour groups. If possible, I recommend trying to visit early in the morning before the crowds arrives.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Absolutely beautiful! Live music, amazing food, all enjoyed under the beautiful sunshine! What a wonderful place to relax!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

There are lots of people in every corner of Venice, all the day, every day. However, the city is absolutely wonderful, and St. Mark's Square is awesome. The architecture, the buildings, the atmosphere, everything is beautiful. It's like a time travel when you look at the buildings. Really great place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Visited both and overawed with the huge numbers of tourists, which scattered when it rained, queues to the St Marks, overpriced food and drinks but intoxicating atmosphere with music and song everywhere. The vaporettos to the square was squashy, very much, go for the No 1 boats less crowded and more stops.

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Morton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

St. Mark's Square is awesome! Usually crowded with tourists, but the history of this public square is so interesting. The square is named after the Basilica San Marco. Snacks and drinks are readily available at bars and restaurants in the immediate area. If you like history and enjoy architecture - this is the place to visit. A plus was that... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed wandering around the square listening to the musicians playing at the three open air cafes. But sitting at the cafes for a drink was very expensive (6 euro per person cover charge plus expensive drinks) and the square was full of very pushy men trying to sell something with a blue light that they threw up in the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Sat here for a few hours enjoying the music and having a drink of wine. Let me tell you in the main square very expensive 4 beers 100 euros. There is plenty of little bars off the mane square a little cheaper. But hey oh when in Venice....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

It is a very large area with so much going on. You could just sit and watch people from all over the world go by. Lots of little carts with all kinds of things to buy.

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