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St. Mark's Square

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
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+39 06 0427 40436
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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If you go to St Marks square expecting a lot, then it might fail your expectations. We went in the day time with ice-cream and enjoyed the bustle of people. We went at night and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you go to St Marks square expecting a lot, then it might fail your expectations. We went in the day time with ice-cream and enjoyed the bustle of people. We went at night and watched the police chase looky-men selling toys in what can only be described as a comedy sketch. We didn't have any grand expectations so we... More 

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Bradford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

St. Mark's Square is beautiful, lots of different places to see. Expensive shops/restaurants/bars. Very busy, so if you have children keep hold of them very tight xx

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Perchtoldsdorf, Österreich
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Piazza San Marco (St. Mark`s Square) is considered the most symbolic landmark of Venice, a central trapezoid shaped suare meassuring a length of 170 meters. Facing the water front at the very end of Canal Grande the square is surrounded by magnificent palaces, churches, bell towers, hotels, caffes and restaurants, posh souvenir shops, ceertaily one of the most widely-photographed Locations... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my second time in Venezia. The church is now renovated. Don't forget to bring your selfie stick as you should take fab pics of: 1. The beautiful houses, hotels, churches-side by side. 2. The piazza 3. The birds on the piazza 4. Video singers in the restos 5. Don't miss the Gondola ride 6. There are smaller churches... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Venice was a first, and this square a must, but no seating around the actual square, but a short walk away, there was a small park where you could sit and watch the world go by! Not many seats though. I don't think we shall return , simply because it was extremely expensive in Centre and had very few mobility... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

That's why you're here isn't it? Take the time to wander around the Piazza. Maybe stop at one of the iconic cafes (Florian, Quadri). If the weather permits, sit outdoors and listen to the orchestra. If not, sit inside, especially Florian, and soak up the history. Casanova used to come here!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and my partner have been there first week of January. Wind was very cold but it was very beautiful. Xmas decorations was lush

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Always somewhere I had wanted to visit. A great moment when I walked into it. Loved people watching.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this place is just stunning. Be prepared to pay a bit extra, but its worth it for the experience. A coffee is about 15 Euro but just remember you are paying for the band and all waiters have cream jackets etc its certainly an experience. You have to do it once.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

St Mark's was the first place on our list!! Fascinating,if you are a people watcher. Need to return to Venice for another 5 days to dine and listen to the concerts in St Mark's Square...we just did not have enough time. Lovely shops...the BEST Gelato was in a shop along the square on the left side if you are facing... 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.
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