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“One of the Best Piazza's in Italy”
Review of St. Mark's Square

St. Mark's Square
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Ranked #4 of 800 things to do in Venice
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Once you step onto this very large piazza all of the films you've seen using this great setting come to mind. It was always crowded with tourists when we visited. Best view of the piazza is from the balcony of Saint Marc's Basilica. If you come in the winter months it's completely flooded as well as the ground floor of the shops under the covered arcades. Suggest you read a bit of Venetian history before you come here and the impact of this lovely piazza will be all the more powerful when you stand in front of the Basilica turn towards the Doge Palace and look out across the lagoon.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

square of doves.... doves were all around me:) lot of black and only one white while i was feeding them.we were on the beach and collected shells,stones and watching the endless sea.it was really cold.i did picture with the palms:)love them

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

One of the must see places in the world, the hustle and bustle of the square the multi national prescence feed the pigeons, listen to the bands playing, admire the architecture, but don`t sit down unlkess you have deep pockets.

We did sit and enjoy the atmosphere with a cold beer, the fact that it was expensive did not detract from the experience, that`s life that`s what it is.

One of the few places I would revisit.

1  Thank John A
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

A busy square (there are a lot of them in Venice, though this one is HUGE) The tackiness of all the souvenir shops does detract from it's beauty. A great place to chill out if you like to 'people watch'. Lots of tourists... a great place to spend some time... and then go back to your hotel at night away from the tourist areas if you were smart enough to book away from these areas (though still in Venice city though)

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

My wife and I traveled to Venice last July as part of our 3 week vacation in Italy. It is clearly the most colorful of all Italian cities with it's many pastel colors and palaces set along the water's edge.Here all roads lead to the Piazza San Marco. This of course is an amazing architectural achievement that seems to draw all tourists like a magnet when visiting Venice. The Cathedral itself is a Byzantine church put together with the many spoils and riches taken from other countries by Venetian armies over the centuries. The bell tower offers incredible 360 degree views of the city below. At the front of the piazza you'll find two towers welcoming you into the square. And, though expensive, it's still a great place to sit and have a coffee and watch the world go by. Napoleon himself referred to it as "the drawing room of Europe". So, sit back and relax and remember life is good.

Thank Dan M
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