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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +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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Beautiful square. Bring your own food for the pigeons. There will be a random person who would literally put a handful grain of rice in your hand- so we accepted it. I thought... read more

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful square. Bring your own food for the pigeons. There will be a random person who would literally put a handful grain of rice in your hand- so we accepted it. I thought they would just appreciate some change in return but be careful because in our case they asked us for 20 euros!!! When we said no he got... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It’s incredible to think that this astoundingly picturesque and beautiful square is built entirely on a foundation of tree stumps which were laid upright hundreds of years ago. Try and get there early in the morning to appreciate this spectacular space before it gets too full of tourists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the nicest place in the world, and the heart of Venise; Many many tourists, nice boutiques, shops, cafés, restaurants; The famous Campanile of the basilca San Marco is the hightes tower of Venise. The elegant columns on the facade of the basilica are very nice; The view of the Campanile is fantastique, by good weather you can see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you love feeling history come alive...this is the place. I enjoyed every moment. It was rather busy, but what can expect in this area?

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First time in Venice and and I found it absolutely breath taking. one of the most impressive and beautiful places ever been.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If a first time visitor you might be overwhelmed. But there is so much to see. Don't be tempted to eat there.

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A must see tourist attraction in Venice. Best to chill on nearby restaurants/cafe while watching the people around this magnificent attraction.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited in december. Vast piazza overlooking San Marco Basilica. Fascinated by the rising tide that comes up through the ground. Raised walkways hastily erected as you could see the water levels rising. Many cafes round the edge of the square but we only visited Florian which I've reviewed in a separate post

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A lot to see in the Piazza, great place to start touring Venice. This floods at high tide but there is elevated walkways that are like very low tables so you can still walk around. At night it is a gathering place with a lot of street vendors.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Architecture is impressive, don't stop for coffee and cake or you will have no euros for the rest of your visit. Pigeons are a nuisance and seagulls even worse. Hub of Venice and crowds galore in the summer months.

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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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