Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco, Venice: Address, Piazza San Marco Reviews: 4.5/5

Piazza San Marco
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
About
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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The area
Neighborhood: 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.
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Deirdre D
279 contributions
Spend time here people watching!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Sit at a cafe or just stand and watch people. It's awesome here. We sat at a cafe with a piano and had an overpriced icecream,but it was special because we were at saint Mark's square!
Written September 18, 2021
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,606 contributions
Highlight of Venice
Sep 2021
For centuries the center of Venice, 'la piazza' as the Venetians call it, is now on the to-do list of thousands of tourists who flock to the square on a daily basis. New rules ensure that most people do not stay for a long time. It is not longer allowed to sit on steps, stairs or even the pavement. Guards are ensuring the rules are enforced. The only alternative is to move on or to get a seat on one of the (expensive) restaurant terraces. Another big difference with the past is there are no pigeons anymore, a big improvement.

It takes some time to discern the different styles of the historic buildings that line the square. The basilica completed in 1092 stands out, as well as the 98m high clocktower (a 1912 reconstruction of the original one). The administrative buildings are perhaps less interesting, but together they give the square its impressive stature. Personally I liked the gothic style Porta della Carta (1443) with its beautiful decorations.

Overall a captivating experience, but take your time and do some prep work before visiting.
Written September 18, 2021
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huskertravelers
Omaha, NE1,004 contributions
Amazing and beautiful
Aug 2021
This is an amazing place to visit full of shops, churches landmarks architecture and restaurants. We would love to go back and spend more time, we only had two days.
Written September 15, 2021
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Kendall K
667 contributions
P.S.M.
Sep 2021
Nice location for a photo op. Glad that it wasn't flooded the day we arrived. The crowds were moderate and didn't seem to be in the way of us taking photos and walking around. There a dozens of shops in the area and a couple of very close sit down dinning facilities within the Piazza San Marco to grab a pleasant bite to eat.
Written September 12, 2021
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Lilly E
New York City, NY87 contributions
We were able to enjoy the square without large crowds.
Aug 2021
August 2021 blessed us with fewer tourists so we truly could enjoy the square without large crowds. However many little bars were closed due to Covid.
Written September 1, 2021
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George
Artemida, Greece1,456 contributions
Piazza San Marco
Aug 2021 • Couples
No i didn't go to Florian cafeteria to pay double digit amount for a refreshment. Very big Piazza (the only one which called "Piazza" in Venice). With many many tourists. Certainly worth a walk!
Written August 31, 2021
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trishtci
Austin, TX255 contributions
Piazza
Jul 2021
This is the place to start your tour of Venice! Surrounded with shops, cafes (tourist expensive) it is a great place to branch off from to explore the side and back streets.
Written August 22, 2021
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Ryan V
Denver, CO265 contributions
Stunning
Aug 2021
Stunning piazza. Was a bucket list place to see and didn't disappoint. Not extremely busy, but not empty of people.
Written August 17, 2021
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Pat B
20 contributions
San Marco Square
Aug 2021
San Marco square is steeped in history- from the Italians relocating to the island and the building of numerous cathedrals. Art is everywhere you turn from the museums to the Doge Palace.
Written August 10, 2021
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Dalli
Island of Malta, Malta125 contributions
Nice visit
Oct 2020
Wow! This is literally a must if visiting venezia! The place itself is mesmerizing. Can be visited by the Taxi Boats or by walking.
Written August 2, 2021
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