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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 0427 40436
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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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The signature evening spot!

You can spend your evenings walking here, shopping at one of the many souvenir shops or just having a coffee at one of the café’s where you may see some live music going on... read more

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You can spend your evenings walking here, shopping at one of the many souvenir shops or just having a coffee at one of the café’s where you may see some live music going on. You may not want to eat your dinner there as the restaurants are super pricey and give you less value for what you pay. However, evenings... More 

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How exciting to see all these special places. But beware when the tide comes in as you can get very wet feet.

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Must visit place! In fact this is my 2nd visit to here...I'm still coming this way! Very pleasant walk along the bay areas and watching and shopping along the way down to the St Mark square. After some walk up and down across bridges. It came to the famous st mark square where you can expect the bell tower, cathedral,... More 

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You should not visit Venice without seeing St Mark's Square. It is huge! The Doges' Palace and the Basilica di San Marco are both located here and are well worth seeing.

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St. Mark's Square is a must see during your trip to Venice. The Plaza is grand and the Cathedral spectacular. Walking up the narrow staircase inside the Cathedral to reach the viewing area was amazing and the beauty that surrounds you will not disappoint. The 4 horses located outside are spectacular along with a 360 view of the Plaza below.

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Venice is one of the most remarkable and romantic places in the world and this square is breathtaking, we visited on a sunny November day and walked around open mouthed at the sights. well worth a visit

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World renowned, interesting architecture, full of history. St Mark's Square is a breath-taking sight with the basilica at one end, the Doge's palace alongside and the Grand Canal next to that. A must-see if you are visiting Venice. We went in December and it was nice not to be swamped by tourists and crowds. Would highly recommend visiting this historical... More 

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Gorgeous square! Breathtaking architecture. Go early though...before the pigeon and crowds! The Basilica and the bridge of sighs are key...however the bridge of sighs isn't much to look at unless you're in a gondola floating past under it! 100 euros a trip!

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My wife and I laughed when we saw tourists hold out their arms and the pigeons would land on them. Then they would try and take a selfie. Heaven help you if you have any food as they will attack. lol

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Stunning beautiful very busy photographs dream Its free to walk around the square take pictures or simply people watch.

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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.
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