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St. Mark's Square

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 6042740436
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of...

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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Full of hawkers and pigeons

Go there early and just see the Pigeons, there is nothing more degrading and scruffy than seeing street vendors with a cart and rubbish at top dollar hanging from it. Clear them... read more

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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Go there early and just see the Pigeons, there is nothing more degrading and scruffy than seeing street vendors with a cart and rubbish at top dollar hanging from it. Clear them out! After that you need to get rid of the scamming vermin who's sole mission in life is to waste your time and subject you to a speech... More 

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When you go to Venice,it is the first look which you take!Almost it is always full of people,you can visit it in the afternoon when the square is more quiet.Don't miss this visit,if you will go to Venice!

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It gets very busy here but no trip to Venice would be complete with visiting this magnificent square.

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Good : One of the best places to visit in Venice. San Mark's tower is beautiful. All the day and night music's are going on and on. You can enjoy that music even if you are not a customer of restaurants. Bad : The square is not clean enough. At evening we had to walk on the water in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Very busy, almost always crowded, but still a world icon for a reason - history, architecture, beauty. Stroll, people watch, and beware the shops and restaurants that are expensive and touristy. Better cafes and restaurants are a walk away. And walking is a delight in Venice.

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Expensive but beautiful at the same time. Still a must see place though when in Venice. Further back away from the square prices drop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Flanked by the Basilica di San Marco and the Doge's Palace in the far corner , it is prima facie a large square in the heart of Venice . But that would be a very bald description of what is perhaps one of the best known destinations in western Europe . For a reason too - it is electric ,... More 

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You shouldn't miss it for the facades and views of the Grand Canal - but know what you're in for. Dirty, often flooded gigantic rectangle filled with pigeons, people who try to sell you crap, aggressive rose vendors, and hoards of tourists with selfie sticks. There is one quartet worth listening to - the one that plays outside the hotel... More 

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During the day or in the evening, Piazza San Marco is really spectacular. It is mobbed by tourists, pigeons, and people selling stuff, but all of the great Italian squares are. Lined on one side by the Doges' Palace, St. Mark's Church on another, and the Correr Museum on another, the piazza has a lot going on at all times... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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We were here in May 2014 - we stayed close to the square, which meant during the days it was packed and at night it was a virtual ghost town. If you can make it to the square early - like 7 am the place is quiet - you won't be able to get into the cathedral but to just... More 

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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.