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St. Mark's Square

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
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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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A must see but hugely crowded, Marshalls stopping you from sitting anywhere!

A must see when in Venice, but unless you are sitting at a restaurant or cafe table, you will be asked to move along, there are marshalls moving people off steps or anywhere you... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see when in Venice, but unless you are sitting at a restaurant or cafe table, you will be asked to move along, there are marshalls moving people off steps or anywhere you may want to park your bottom! A tad annoying, especially on a very hot day when you need a breather.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

St Marks Square is a great place to see in Venice.The buildings are stunning with lots of nice and expensive restaurants. There are lots of tourists and a lot of pigeons. There were some guys asking us to feed the pigeons but they charge you so I would avoid them at all times and say no to feeding the pigeons.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We didn't realise that shops etc open later so got there at about half 9 and there was no crowds at all, just a handful of people in the sqaure. One of the highlights of my trip, felt like I got to really experience it without the stress of crowds!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Such a beautiful place, just be careful where you eat & drink because it can be expensive, a gondola ride is a must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must place to visit in Venice, beautiful buildings and great atmosphere. Shops and Restaurants are expensive around here but it is St Mark's Square. We went in January and still very busy.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Piazza San Marco is the most famous and most beautiful square of Venice. It is a must-see with amazing architechture and it is a symbol of Venice and its wealth and history.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited in January so less busy. Beautiful buildings, lovely square down to the lagoon. However, as we already knew the restaurants are ludicrously expensive, but the worst thing is the pigeons! Tourists think it's fun to have a photograph taken with them so feed them. Thus you can't eat outside or even have a beer without being inundated with them.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

However many times you visit St Mark's Square it never ceases to amaze - each time you never quite remember it being so big and the architecture being so beautiful. It is stunning. The Basilica di San Marco is incredibly ornate, the Palazzo Ducale repeats itself so perfectly and the Campanile towers up immaculately. And then you have the Grand... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although busy, worth the visit! Take advantage of the masses of pigeons by buying crumbs off lingering merchants and get a photo with the birds all over you haha. Although there are restaurants, due to location very pricey, if you happen to be pizza and pasta'd out, there is a Hard Rock Cafe tucked away nearby.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

When We visited the square it was very crowded and noisy. That's why it's not easy to get the taste of the place. Surrounding is interesting and very historical. Prices of the cafes are incredibly high. Waiters are rude and non-smiling.

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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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