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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
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Beautiful square with room for the kids to run.

Beautiful square with lovely buildings surrounding it and the water just a stone throw away. We want during the carnival and during the events it can get extremely crowded but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful square with lovely buildings surrounding it and the water just a stone throw away. We want during the carnival and during the events it can get extremely crowded but it's worth it. Best go early when there are carnival events though to get a good spot (and make sure you dress up!). We also had a coffee at one... More 

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A pretty square when not too busy but more often very crowded with hawkers of tourist tat. Not surprising that it's crowded given that the square gives access to many major Venice attractions. The square does provide the opportunity to view the external architecture of the most stunning buildings!

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From this square everywhere you look you will see nothing but beauty it will just blow you away, try vsiit this place at night when all the tourists have left Venice for their daytrips

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Ramat-Gan, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking through st. Mark's square is a fantastic experience. I imagined all the travelleres from the middle ages, arriving from the sea to see such glory. Breathtaking

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I spent two nights on the island and the highlights of my stay there were the live performances of musical bands at St Mark Square in the evening and wandering around the dark alleys while looking for restaurants of my choice!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Without a doubt the most beautiful cathedral square full of atmosphere a place memories are made of.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It dosen't matter how many times i been to Venice, St Marks Square is always enchanting to me. I absolutely love it, beautiful shops and cafes surround the square. Lots of pigeons.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited St Mark's Square during the week and it was busy but manageable. We then visited on the Saturday and it was a very different place. Getting over the bridges was a feat in itself. The queue for the basilica and the Doges' Palace were now really long. It was Carnivale when we were there and I think lots... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

No where to sit. Good for photo. Not a lot to do other than view sights from the square. Some nice shops around square however very expensive. Constantly bothered by beggers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enclosed by canals this plaza is a must see. You can get your photo taken and dine in rather expensive coffee bars with live music. There's even a live music and bar near the canal. You can go up the tower or to wonder the halls of the accounting buildings as well as the palace. To use a washroom, go... 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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