Centro Storico di Venezia
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Neighborhood: 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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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,374 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
There are many reasons to avoid visiting Venice. The suffocating amount of tourists visiting Venice on a given day, the extortionate prices in the bars and restaurants, which are mostly tourist traps and the expensive parking fees to name a couple. But all those drawbacks pale alongside the unique place Venice is, with the canals, the bridges, the glorious, historic, sometimes crumbling buildings and the "usual suspects" of world famous attractions, the Doge Palace, San Marco square, the San Marco Basilica, the Rialto bridge, to name a couple. And the complete absence of road traffic, if you discount people with hand trucks, transporting goods "the last mile" from boat to destination, somewhere in an alley. Yes, Venice is a fairy tale and every time we visit the Veneto we make a profound vow not to go to Venice this time, but every time we find ourselves on a given day parking the car at the Tronchetto multi storey car park (goodbye 25 euros for a start) and catching the people mover to Piazzale Roma. ( 1.50 euro per head)
Written October 23, 2023
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JaakkoTapio
Helsinki, Finland657 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I think everybody who visit in Venice want's to stay here for a while or whole day. So many fascinating historic around where ever you just look at. Old historic buildings are real old, and full of details if just watch carefully. During our 4 days visit we walked into central square every day and twice in nights.
Written February 7, 2020
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany1,228 contributions
Feb 2020
The historic center of Venice is all the Venice in the water. This city built on the water is always fascinating. Some places like Rialto and San Marco are very crowded and suffering from overtourism, but there also more quiet areas like Campo San Polo and there are really silent and dead areas like the surrounding of San Raffaele Church. Venice is worth to travel all time of the year, spring and autumn are the best times in my opinion. Also interesting is the world famous Carnevale.
Written January 31, 2021
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,856 contributions
Aug 2020
I think this is the worst zone to visit in Venezia after Piazza San Marco. This is a very crowded area and full of people trying to sell you souvenirs and gondola boat trips. Is really stressing also because of the noise of the boats.
Written September 5, 2020
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Lance H
Boerne, TX1,280 contributions
Dec 2019
To me, walking around here was what it took to get the feel of Venice. You get the tourist areas around Saint Mark, which is great. However, just take a short walk down the side streets to really see Venice. Residences, stores, and restaurants.
Written February 19, 2020
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David M
Cambridge, UK2,057 contributions
Jan 2020
What exactly IS the "centro storico"? If you mean the tourist sites, then of course that's the big draw and what you've come for, but to me the joy of Venice is getting "lost" (you can't really get lost) in the little side streets and the small canals.

So, see the sites, but take time to wander. You can cover the whole of Venice from end-to-end in a coupe of days.
Written February 16, 2020
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Romeo
24 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
After I visited so many places this will be one of amazing in my opinion. Great architecture closed to water pretty town and shop around Many restaurants to choice for eat also very friendly people and very welcome. You should visit it
Written February 23, 2020
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Moscow, Russia117,966 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We rested in Lido de Jesolo, it is very close to Venice. It is a crime not to come here again, when it is very close). Venice is incredibly good, especially for amateurs like me who love exquisite architecture and exploring the little winding streets. We spent a couple of unforgettable days here.
Written December 31, 2022
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Caltanissetta, Italy2,871 contributions
Jul 2019 • Business
I'm lucky because for job or for pleasure I travel a lot all around the world, in my opinion Venezia is the most beautiful city in our planet.
Written July 29, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,995 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Truly a city of Magnificent old city of 118 small islands connected by more than 400 footbridges, and water buses and gondolas to help people get around. Its top attractions include St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs. On my winter visit, there were few visitors compared to the throngs on my past summer stay.
Written February 22, 2019
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