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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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Venice is always wonderful

one of the best places in Italy, st. mark's Square is one of the main attractions of Venezia, worth visiting

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one of the best places in Italy, st. mark's Square is one of the main attractions of Venezia, worth visiting

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We stayed very close to S Mark's Square and enjoyed it very much. Too crowded during the day but at night you can hear great music at cafes and enjoy it. If you are ambitious to get up early and go at 5 am nobody is there but you. It is a surreal experience. Try it!

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This place is so unique and special. Music abounds, people cross-cross the square from all corners of the world here. There is no place else like it.

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As it's so famous we just had to visit, but was sad to see how scruffy the place was with lots of full garbage bags piled up against the fronts of buildings, masses of beggars everywhere. Yes we did the tourist bits like the 'Bridge of sighs' grand Canal, Rialto Bridge & the Basilica, but all the local shop keepers... More 

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St. Mark's Square was very near our hotel, The Bauer Casa Nova. It was busy at all times of day. There are plenty of restaurants on the square. I thought the restaurants in that area were a little pricey. Besides having St. Mark's Basilica in the Square, I'm not quite sure what the draw to the square is all about.... More 

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St Mark's square is of course one of the best known squares in Italy. The Basilica of San Marco takes up one side, the Doge's Palace another, opposite the Palace if the arcade which houses expensive shops and of course Florians where you only have a cup of coffee if you are feeling wealthy, the Bell tower is a reconstruction... More 

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This square has an old beautiful Basilica, restaurants and lots of shops. Ice cream parlours serving amazing Italian Gelato. The square is filled with amazing history. Must visit when in Venice.

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just sit back and soak up the atmosphere, watching the world go by while enjoying the surroundings and history

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Magnificent! That's about it. Nothing like I've ever seen. While taking a picture of my wife upon entering the square, I must have heard 30 people upon entering say, "OH MY GOD". It's that impressive. You have to make a evening visit. There are 5-6 stages set up with professional musicians playing alternately at each one. You can buy a... More 

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Just awesome!! You won't be disappointed👍👍👍. Must go and deer especially if you love cooking .. Have fun like I did..❤️❤️❤️

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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.