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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 20, 2011

Visiting St Mark's Square was the highlight of our trip to Venice. We had read other reviews and went early morning (8:30 AM) and the initial visitors were light. Lines were shorter and we moved to quickly through all attractions. By late morning, the crowds,...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed October 9, 2006

Great views all around you in the Square. I was there in Sept., 2006. Watch out for when it floods (all but the very center) so plan your shoe wearing accordingly. There will be a makeshift "bridge" for walking across the Square but it will...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I spent one day walking to most sights in Venice, there’s a lot to see and I didn’t want to miss anything. The walk was worth it because at the end we went on a relaxing gondola ride.

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The square by day is a nightmare: Lovely to see but impossible to take in as it's full of day-trippers, pigeon lovers and food-loving seagulls. It's gross. We sat with a coffee with pigeons & seagulls all over the table, nibbling chips and smashing glasses...More

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Reviewed yesterday

If you are a tourist in Venice you might as well visit here, because you will want to see Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and other nearby attractions. The piazza is hectic and crowded with people and pigeons. There were people having their photos...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must see in Venice. Tips from the locals. Don't feed the pigeons they are damaging the environment and buildings. Tip two don't buy coffee or meals on the square unless you want to pay over the odds. Tip three charge to sit...More

Thank Midmoe
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The square is one of the largest in Venice but just marginal as far as sites to see. Smaller squares had more to offer

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited by chance via a free walking tour in the afternoon. This is one of their highlights.. We went through small alleys to get here and viola a big piece of land welcomed our eyes! Must-see, must-visit with a tour guide - whether paid or...More

Thank Marie C
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a joke. It was a ZOO of tourists. It was November, and everyone local commented on how crowded it was. The historic flooding was just in abatement by November 1-2 but yet it was terribly crowded. Not all it's cracked up to be. I...More

Thank Joann B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's an open square, what else is there to tell?... Other than the hordes of tourists (the mornings are empty though) you'll need to weave and dodge in and out from. Again with the flood platforms!? I understand that the city floods on a whim,...More

Thank dyaasy
Reviewed 2 days ago

We love Venice so we go every year for 10 days to 2 weeks. Not a day goes by that we don't spend hours entranced by San Marco. However we try to avoid it between 10AM and 9 PM because of all the cruise passengers...More

Thank Rowland45
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This Piazza is a central point for a first look at Venice, and will likely be covered during your trip to the nearby Basilica and the Doge's palace. We climbed the Tower there for great views at Sunset. Be aware of Agua Alta (high tide)...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
...More
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Response from Tammy C | Reviewed this property |
Lots of beautiful things to see. Definitely have a meal at Caffe Florian as it is iconic and wonderful, especially the hot chocolate which is perfect at that time of the year.
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