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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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Great atmosphere, truly unique surroundings are stunning. Looking a bit tired but that is part of its charm. Easy to walk around

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere, truly unique surroundings are stunning. Looking a bit tired but that is part of its charm. Easy to walk around

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the main square of Venice and is beautiful, full of character, restaurants, cafes and shops. This is not the place to find bargains but more to experience some beautiful architecture and watch the world go by. Be careful, there are numerous street hawkers plying their goods, some of whom have to be told very firmly that you are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very very busy with large groups of tourists from all over the world. Cafe's very expensive and whole area lacking locals. Worth visiting but would be much nicer if more Venetian's were there most of the business are run by asians or chinese so not very authentic. Of course the buildings like St Mark's and Doges Palace are iconic so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked here from the train station and caught the river boat back, stunning and huge. We will go back here tonight as we've been told it is even more impressive at night.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you visit Venice, you have to go to St Mark's Square - it's the place that defines the entire city. Easily accessed by public transport.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As the sun fades away and heralds another evening and night, the electric lights around the piazza comes on. It is a spectacle to see and should not be missed when you visit Venice. It is something in itself to sit on one of the floors and just watch the antics of the people of the world as they enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is only square in Venice and its beautiful and very impressive. Try to go there in the morning before 09:00am, so that you can appreciate it without thousands of other visitors. It does get extremely busy during the day.

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It is a worthy centre piece to Venice, but not the highlight of our trip. We used it to pass through though it does place you in an area with some great arc

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is my third trip to Venice and St. Mark's Square. It is a beautiful site, but I will say that I was very disappointed to see the removal of all the public benches in the square, leaving old and young children no place to sit (this was the case in most Italian cities) . It seems the city of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is definitely a wow factor. Especially since I saw it flood. I had to walk around avoiding large masses of water, and in the end I had to walk through it while others got stuck (I had waterproof shoes. Ha!)

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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.