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St. Mark's Square

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
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+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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Crowded and a tourist trap

Stroll through but don't buy.... Nice example of great architecture but always crowded. I visited here prior to TA date settings so I hope they will allow this posting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stroll through but don't buy.... Nice example of great architecture but always crowded. I visited here prior to TA date settings so I hope they will allow this posting.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

St Mark's Square is a MUST SEE in Venice - don't eat or drink here unless you want to throw away lots of $$$. A coffee or tea could cost you 12 euros but the restaurants here are beautifully appointed. We did and I was not disappointed but really 12 euros is a bit pricey!!!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is absolutely nuts during Carnivale but so many people are dressed up in Renaissance attire, it's definitely worth checking out. I would call Carnivale the Halloween of Italy. Primarily because so many people were dressed up like super heroes and pirates. The Square itself has a stage set at the opposite end of the Basilica and they have... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a must see on any trip to Venice. It's an amazing space but is very very busy from aroma be 10am to 7pm in January / February. Best seen empty.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

you must be atention at the time, the city literely sincs, not enough to ruin your shoes :D... they have boots in all shops but only this area sincs

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This square is breathtaking. The palace, the cathedral, the people dressed for the carnival... all magnificent. Truly a must when you are in Venice. Hint: Be sure to come early. And by early I mean latest by 8:30 AM. This way you can avoid the hassle.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We did Venice during Carnevale and had a lot of fun. Three children aged 15-6 and they each had fun as well. Venice during this time of year is fun as we had the regular sights and cuisine to enjoy but also had the addition of Carnevale sights to behold. Awesome costumes. Great people. Some brits we met were confused... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You must see this but you don't have to spend a lot of time - there are so many other incredible things to see in Venice. Best seen in the daytime so you can enjoy the detail of the buildings without getting hit in the head by a light whirlybird being sold by street vendors. I wish they would clean... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a real lovely place to go ,to see all the old buildings when we were there it was carnival week when all the locals walk around in they traditional cloths and masks

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Piazza San Marco is the heart of Venice. It is 180 mt long, and 70 mt wide. it is worth walking through the piazza among the cafés, listening to the various bands playing live music in summer time, but now is a beautiful place with all people with carnival costumes, it made this place special place, magic.

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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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