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St. Mark's Square

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 06 0427 40436
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Piazza San Marco is the most famous and most beautiful square of Venice. It is a must-see with amazing architechture and it is a symbol of Venice and its wealth and history.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Piazza San Marco is the most famous and most beautiful square of Venice. It is a must-see with amazing architechture and it is a symbol of Venice and its wealth and history.

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited in January so less busy. Beautiful buildings, lovely square down to the lagoon. However, as we already knew the restaurants are ludicrously expensive, but the worst thing is the pigeons! Tourists think it's fun to have a photograph taken with them so feed them. Thus you can't eat outside or even have a beer without being inundated with them.

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

However many times you visit St Mark's Square it never ceases to amaze - each time you never quite remember it being so big and the architecture being so beautiful. It is stunning. The Basilica di San Marco is incredibly ornate, the Palazzo Ducale repeats itself so perfectly and the Campanile towers up immaculately. And then you have the Grand... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although busy, worth the visit! Take advantage of the masses of pigeons by buying crumbs off lingering merchants and get a photo with the birds all over you haha. Although there are restaurants, due to location very pricey, if you happen to be pizza and pasta'd out, there is a Hard Rock Cafe tucked away nearby.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When We visited the square it was very crowded and noisy. That's why it's not easy to get the taste of the place. Surrounding is interesting and very historical. Prices of the cafes are incredibly high. Waiters are rude and non-smiling.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was told this is a must see during our trip to Venice. The buildings are beautiful and hold huge historical value. However Venice is full of beautiful buildings and I am not sure it was worth navigating through the hordes and queues to visit this one.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is most crowded in the busy daytime. Come at 5 pm and you can have the square to yourself. Great place for people watching.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Obviously a must see when coming to Venice... such a beautifull and busy place. Lots of nice cafes and restaurants to sample local foods, however they are a bit more expensive than if you wandered a lottle further away from the square. Tip: check it out late at night or early in the morning while the crowds are not there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Venice is a wonderful city and St. Marks Square is right in the center of town. The square is a must see place - actually it is hard to see Venice without going through the square at one time or another. Being in the square is just like the movies and pictures...it was just as I expected, but a lot... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you go to St Marks square expecting a lot, then it might fail your expectations. We went in the day time with ice-cream and enjoyed the bustle of people. We went at night and watched the police chase looky-men selling toys in what can only be described as a comedy sketch. We didn't have any grand expectations so we... More 

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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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