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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
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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Wear good walking shoes. Interesting shops in the square. One may find local artists as well as the top name brands.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

Wear good walking shoes. Interesting shops in the square. One may find local artists as well as the top name brands.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

Just walk around (preferably in the evening for full effect)! Crowds thin at night, but it's never empty (even in the rain). There is often music from several restaurant orchestras, vendors, views and the quintessential Venice atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

All the guide books will tell you to visit this. Sometimes, that advice is worth taking, sometimes it's not. I think it's safe to say that no trip to Venice is complete without a visit here, and no pictures you take will do it justice. Worth a few visits at different times of the day, probably at different times of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

It is always full of tourists and the heart of the city, i recommend to come to venice when the carnival (feb/mar) or the biennale art festival (june/aug/sept/oct) are on.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

It is quite something and takes your breath away. We were warned by numerous people not to sit down at any of the cafes/restaurants in the square as it is extortionate....it is very sad that there is all these lovely places to sit and have a coffee/take in the ambience and not one person is sitting in them as they... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

Very nice, but get a tour guide to skip the line, well worth the extra money. Arrive before 11 if possible this when it becomes very busy and crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

the main square in venice that gives you the feel of the city...the people from all over the world, the merchants, the cafes and the pidgeons!!! just wondereful!!!!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

Obviously this one's a free attraction & it definitely looks quite nice on your first visit but it's not somewhere to spend any time near. Visited in the height of summer which may have affected my view but it was ridiculously busy and everywhere near by was ridiculously expensive. There was a couple cafes on the square with chairs out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

Be weary of the pickpockets. Always very crowded, so go at night. The bands are lovely and they at times have sort of a competition amongst each other going, so much fun.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

You have to see the square but be prepared for the crowds. The street sellers who badger you for fake goods and the over priced drinks in the cafes within the square. It's breathtaking to look at the basilica and bell tower and just to be standing in history but. It's crowded and full of selfie sticks at the moment... 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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