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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...more
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Went on a cold but dry day, square large, clean and not many stalls selling tourist trash. Buildings good to look at but not a lot else going on here in January. Expensive shops all around and even a couple of streets back the prices...More
The vibe was amazing, filled with bars on all sides, surrounded by the Basilica di San Marco, il Campanile (the bell-tower), the main Museum.
However, the bars there are extremely overpriced. I would not suggest sitting there for a coffee.
A happy accident, we were eating dinner and when we came out it was raining and the tide had come in. To get back to our hotel we had to cross the square which was totally flooded. I got some of the rubber boot cover...More
The scenery and history all over Italy is jaw dropping. My only dismay with the bigger tourist areas as this were, the peddlers in my face trying to sell me their wares! It was to the extreme and extremely annoying! I preferred taking in the...More
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.