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“Overrated” 3 of 5 stars
Review of St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
2-0415220524
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Ranked #5 of 350 things to do in Venice
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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“Overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Honestly, this is not the most beautiful part of Venice. I think the piazza is very much overrated and enjoyed walking through the small streets of canaregio much more. The piazza is too crowded, local restaurants and cafes are overpriced (beware of the music fee). Worth a quick stop but not more than that, take your time in venice to get lost in the small streets around canaregio, visit murano and find better value restaurants and cafe´s off the beaten path using tripadvisor....

Visited April 2014
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“A must see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

St. Mark's Square is beautiful! It is definitely a must see on your trip to Venice. We visited in July 2013. Keep in mind it gets extremely packed during the tourist months...we arrived early before a tour so it was a nice treat to see it without everyone.

Visited July 2013
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“Don't Feed the Pigeons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Marvelous old world plaza that still gives you the feeling that the heart of the city are the outdoor quads, now and 500 years ago!

Visited July 2013
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“Music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We had heard you pay 20euros for a coffee but it's because if you sit down to listen to the lovely music you pay a 6euro charge per person for the musicians, we loved it.

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“Beautiful but with faults”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

There is no doubt that St Mark's Square is physically beautiful, but like a beautiful model, it did not hold the charm to sustain that benchmark. The very popular cafes are strongly intent on keeping non-customers away from their outside seating and shooed people away from the steps near their frontage. The Venetians were in general, it has to be said, rather a sullen, haughty lot, which came as a disappointment. I did not feel the love for this beautiful square that I normally feel when encountering similar places, hence my opening statement.

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