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Saint Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

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Address: San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 39-041-5225205
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:45 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent...
Blending the architectural styles of East and West, Venice's magnificent basilica was consecrated in 832 AD as an ecclesiastical building to house the remains of St. Mark.
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A great place to visit but like most major tourist spots in Venice you need to arrive early or visit in the winter. Stunning inside but you get shuffled along like a conveyor belt... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

A great place to visit but like most major tourist spots in Venice you need to arrive early or visit in the winter. Stunning inside but you get shuffled along like a conveyor belt in the traffic and don't get much of a chance to appreciate anything.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

St. Mark's Basilica is a gorgeous sight to see in the middle of the square. The interior is beautiful as well, lots of nice mosaics and a good audio guide (you can download them on your phone from different sources--we chose Rick Steeves' app). However, while it's free to enter all separate attractions (e.g. The tomb of St. Mark and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is definitely worth visiting, a must see, though not by yourself waiting in the queues. Pay the extra for a walking tour to skip the queue. You'll pick up a heap of information and see things you wouldn't normally notice. We did a GetYourGuide walking tour but the sound was terrible and the guide didn't wait for the group... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Definitely on the must-see list of places in Venice, St. Mark's Basilica was worth waiting in line for. Unfortunately, they don't allow the taking of pictures inside, and you'll want to pack light if visiting because there is a bag check for bags over a certain size. The interior shimmers from an almost complete adornment of gold glass (gold leaf... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This venue draws a crowd and fortunately the large square caters for it beautifully. Part of the the Basilica was being renovated when we were there, but it was still great to walk around. We didn't go inside - we had seen our quota of Basilica's when in Rome :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Amazing views in every direction. This is a great place to do a panoramic picture or get multiple pictures of everything in all directions. One caveat, beware of the young men that give roses to the ladies and then a 30 seconds later go to the gentleman accompanying the lady looking for a euro or two. Clever scam...

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Haifa District, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A Must in Venice!! Worth Going At Night!! We came here by day and by night it was amazing both times! When we arrive at the first time, after a long nice way in the narrow streets we got to st. Mark's square and it felt great! It is very big and impressive with huge buildings and impressive architecture and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, enjoyed the view, amazed me when I walked through the alley and bam this wonderful square with all these beautiful buildings

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The Basilica is a really beautiful building to visit BUT - First you can't enter the church with a bag (when I say a bag, I mean they don't accept the little handbags either): so finally you queue up during 15 minutes or more, to be told that you can't enter like this and that you have to put your... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I visited here whilst on tour in July and it was every bit as beautiful as I imagined. Obviously very busy due to the tourists, but I would say this was a must-see for anyone visiting Venice.

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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.