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Review of St. Mark's Square

St. Mark's Square
Ranked #4 of 828 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, 2018

Loved the square. Live Band music in July from Restaurants. Totally over-priced restaurants for tourist prices(Coca Cola for 15Euros! we did not buy). People watching. Beautiful old clock tower. Lots of people the weekend we were there because of a festival which ends with fireworks. Lovely place. You can walk a few blocks down an alley and eat at more moderately priced restaurants. I had some great Calamari a few metres down the block. Absolutely lovely area to hand out. Pigeons everywhere too. Must visit and hang out place if in Venezia. Two thumbs up. Place was very warm in July. Throngs of people added to the ambience. But our concierge at the amazing Duodo Palace Hotel cautioned us about pickpockets. We were not hassled. Sad to see so many Bangladeshi immigrants pushing and selling stuff including trying to force roses on to people. But when they sell ice-cold water for a Euro or Two it was fully worth it rather than carrying our own water in backpacks. I have a general travel advisory. PLEASE get a travel vest with lots of pockets/specially inside pockets. I keep my passport and wallet in the inside pockets zipped. In the outer pocket my cell phone and some cash so I can pull out cash when I want stuff in the open. I recommend travel vests.

Thank Mano R
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Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

This is the main square of Venice. It is breath taking but extremely busy. So pack and dress lightly. Great for coffee, tourist attractions and expensive shopping. It is also next to the ‘restaurant strip’ of good eating restaurants.

If you want to really see it in summer (high season) get up at 6/6.30am and go for a walk. All the stall holders are setting up, the sun is still low and cool and you can see everything.

Grab a coffee and do some people watch later in the morning.

Be careful of pick pockets.

Thank Donna M
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Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

Went in the day also, was lovely bit hard to enjoy in summer heat and no where to take shelter as all the nearby cafes charge way too much for a refreshment ! We went at nifhtime around 9/10pm and took a ice cream to enjoy the place all lit up and stunning .. the music played by the band's gave the place a very sophisticated feel ! Please be careful with street sellers of red roses as they try to force them on you as a woman it is borderline harassment !
Over all a beautiful place and a must see at day and night

Thank KatieB9494
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Reviewed July 23, 2018

There has probably more reviews of St Mark's than most others, not sure what I could add, that hasn't already been said, so possibly a little advise, yes definitely visit St Mark's but if your on a budget, don't have a drink in the Sq, go a little off the Sq there are plenty of places to eat or drink.

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Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Have at least 2 hours in this area of Venice. So many things to see! Make sure you bring small euros for the bathrooms! Make it to a rooftop for the higher view. Awesome atmosphere

Thank Christa T
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