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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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This iconic square is nothing short of wow. All the famous buildings and the bell tower to go up. It's even better to see it in real life than the photos. The square gets very... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This iconic square is nothing short of wow. All the famous buildings and the bell tower to go up. It's even better to see it in real life than the photos. The square gets very crowded so do be aware of this. Had an amazing time. Highly recommended

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Alcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
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Piazza Sab Marco is known throughout the world for its atmosphere and expensive cafes and shops. On a previous trip for Carnevale in February it was very different; quite eery in fact. In September it was very hot with the sun beating down and crowds of people. What we had not seen before was the gulls (probably herring gulls) grabbing... More 

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I don't think that you will be able to miss this if in Venice, all major attractions are in and around this square.

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Its in the heart of Madrid and right next to the shopping area and San Miguel. 經常會有大型活動舉行所以廣場內通常都會有障礙物。如果第一次來馬德里的話可以去走走逛逛。廣場內也有不少餐廳,性價比不高但總算過得去。

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

St Mark's Square is huge, beautiful, not too crowded. In order to visit the church you need to leave your bagback or umbrellas in a other office. The queue is quick. From that place you have many things to see and visit. There is a little park next to it.

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Ispra, Italy
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I visited Piazza San Marco for the 1st time when I was 17 and at the time I was impressed by the beauty and all the history surrounding one of the most famous world's landmarks. Many years after on a hot sunny end-afternoon, I revisited it and the same beauty and history were still there. Venice is a special city... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had very good weather when we visited for two days. Both days the crowd was massive. View are great but I think the best bit is at night when the music starts among the cafes alongside the square. Worth a sit down and enjoy the atmosphere!

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Just what the title says, Overcrowded but worth a quick visit to take in the sights. Its a must do if you are in Venice but just pass through for a picture and move on.

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The tide was up and it had rained and as a result there was lots of standing water which you had to either wade through (which many were) or take your chances on the narrow raised platforms with hundreds of other sightseers. We didn't hang around as it was so crowded and had been fore warned about the expensive cafes... More 

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Very beautiful place but crowded at all times. Best time to go before 9am or in the evenings. Scenic views of the sea and you can do a lot of attractions in 1 go around it! Lots of pigeons!

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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.