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“Not to miss if in Venice”
Review of St. Mark's Square

St. Mark's Square
Ranked #4 of 800 things to do in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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 July 23, 2013

A little bit of history first:
"The Basilica of San Marco overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in the world, a real marble salon, the city center for centuries. Next to both the Basilica and the Doge's Palace, all the most important religious and civil ceremonies have always been held there.This great square overlooking the water is a mixture of spaces, volumes and styles: the Procurator's residence, the bell tower, the Doge's Palace and the Sansoviniana Bookshop.
On Ascension day, the Doge and the city's most important members got on board and sailed out to the Adriatic, to the Lido port. Here the Doge threw a ring, symbolizing union between Venice and water, into the sea and pronounced the solemn formula: "We wed you oh sea, in the sign of true, eternal dominion"."
Great opportunity to experience history, architecture, and number of landmarks at one place.
Always full of people but embrace it and indulge in pure tourist heaven. I enjoyed immensely.
Word of advice,though, keep your possessions tight and close to your body as pickpocketing is a fine art here.

Thank suzie-luvs-travel
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

So great to see at day and night. At day- there is so many people around and pigeons and it was awesome. At night, there was hardly anyone there and it seemed vast with the romantic sounds of live music and the crazy glow from gypsies throwing these toys in the air. Loved it.

Thank maltacanadausa
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

something going on there all the time. don't miss going there in the evening when they are playing music. each resturant plays 2 song then the next one starts up. alive with lights

Thank SAILINGAGAIN
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Ah… Venice… A trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous St. Mark’s Square. A visit to the Clock tower will set you back 8 Euros p/p but is worth it. Sometimes a big cruise ship will leave Venice and pass St.Mark’s Square. They are HUGE. The square is a nice place to be. Just keep in mind that there are very little seats available and you’re not allowed to sit down on the square. Actually I think it’s forbidden to have a drink there as well (except at the cafes). Public toilets in the area will cost 1,50 Euro (!!). Just so you know.
Other than that, it's a great place to be.

Thank LiWo
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

There was a long line, but it moved quickly. It was very warm and I was glad I had my umbrella. The dress code is to have shoulders and knees covered. It seemed that they were more strict about the shoulders than knees. Saw several people in longer shorts.

Thank rsgrint
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