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
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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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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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Phil Larkin
34 contributions
Apr 2022
OK, so it is going to be busy but some things you have to do! We think that the crowds are less than in previous years, probably due to COVID restrictions. So, although it was busy, it was very manageable.
Actually, my review is for gentleman( and ladies) of a certain age who may get caught short and need the loo. We could not find it even though there are many public bathrooms throughout Venice and all serviced. It is situated just off the Piazza San Marco towards the exit at Museum Correr, to the left and set back behnd the place where all the guided tours begin. It is usually between 50 cents and 2 euros depending which one you use but here it is €1.50. Perfectly usable and clean. Generally impressed given the numbers of people passing through and experiences in other cities. Well done, Venice!
Written April 18, 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,143 contributions
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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Glasgow222
92 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
The star attraction of Venice. The basilica is just stunning as is the whole square. I wouldn't pay to avoid the waiting line as it moves very quickly. It's not a huge cathedral so you see everything pretty quickly but it's not to be missed. There is a no sitting rule in the square which most people completely ignore, I'm not sure why but there are signs and guards moving people on. The Palace is also a must. The tacky stalls are what need to be moved in my opinion, they seem out of place in this very special location. If possible, visit early morning or later in the afternoon. Last entry is currently 5.15pm but this will get later for July and August I'm sure. There is security at the entrance to the Basilica and dress code so be sure to cover up! Don't be tempted by food or drinks here unless you have a very big budget!!
Written June 21, 2022
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David J
23 contributions
Dec 2019
A big tourist spot and a must visit if visiting Venice, stunning arcitecture we were lucky to have arrived a week before the big flooding and the weather was warm and dry.
Some expensive shops in the square and avoid the coffee shops with the orkistra playing unless you want to pay €25 +for a coffee, they do try and pull you in.. Look after your wallet And avoid con men with roses who try and hand over roses, if you take one they then pile you with more then ask you to pay for them all..... Complete con men......but enjoy the area there are some good sights in the area worth visiting.
Written January 14, 2020
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Ryan S
Cardiff, UK164 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
The top attraction in Venice doesn’t disappoint. A fantastic piazza to see. A 1 hour and 30 mins walk from the train station so i recommend getting a vaporetto up the grand canal. Dont bother visiting the campanile, the basilica or doges palace as they were very busy, even during coronavirus. But i highly recommend coming to the piazza it is the best in italy.
Written September 7, 2020
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YoYoGabba
Brisbane, Australia376 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
The square is surrounded by amazing architecture and buildings. There is a sea of people throughout the day and at times this is overwhelming and takes away the specialness.

Many shops are at the base of the buildings that surround the square. Great to walk past and window shop.

Lovely to see that they have set up people playing the piano, violins playing classical music. Adds to the experience.
Written June 25, 2022
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RenataLRocha
Calgary, Canada93 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
This place is magical, mind you there is a lot of tourists taking photos but throughout the day there is musicians playing classical musical and it takes you to a place that all those people around you just doesn’t matter. My favourite part is at night after 10 pm the music still playing on all the restaurants around the square but not so crowded, I called the Venice worm whole where time stops and you forget what where you supposed go. I loved!!!!
Written June 22, 2022
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Sarah L
London, UK2,510 contributions
Feb 2022
Everything that Venice has to offer is either in or around St. Mark's Piazza. During Carnevale, the square is filled with people in different costumes and performances. Crowds fill due to the basilica, campanile and Doge's Palace in the vicinity. A great place to people watch but not to eat at as the prices will make your eyes water.
Written February 26, 2022
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Yvette Diedricks
Johannesburg, South Africa56 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
I now understand why Napoleon called it “the world’s most beautiful drawing room”. The piazza is absolutely breathtaking.

I absolutely love architecture, so naturally I was filled with so many different emotions during my visit.

It was a beautiful summer afternoon. Various bands were playing live music. Patrons were indulging in good food, bubbles and aperol.

The pigeons kept the staff on their toes🤣🤣🤣

We took a water bus to other nearby locations. It was an experience on its own.

Venice would not be Venice without the Gondola. The gondola is an elegant vessel that allows you breathtaking views along narrow channels on shallow water♥️
Written June 11, 2022
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Wally J
Charleston, SC30 contributions
Dec 2019
We were here in December during the highest predicted tides for month. Many had told us to cancel our trip but we did not encounter any flooding in the city even though it rained the entire time. We even got to see snow flurries. We had a wonderful uncrowded visit the pigeons were not even out on the day we visited. Just beware of when southerly winds and astronomical tides are predicted to co occur. In summary it probably floods less than Charleston SC.
Written January 7, 2020
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