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Reviewed today

Big Open Square, find it hard to get too excited. The Live music from some of the outside Restaurants is mildly Pleasing.

Thank Ricky M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I spent one day walking to most sights in Venice, there’s a lot to see and I didn’t want to miss anything. The walk was worth it because at the end we went on a relaxing gondola ride.

Thank Juneth Gweneth W
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Reviewed yesterday

The square by day is a nightmare: Lovely to see but impossible to take in as it's full of day-trippers, pigeon lovers and food-loving seagulls. It's gross. We sat with a coffee with pigeons & seagulls all over the table, nibbling chips and smashing glasses while a couple of yards away a beast of a gull was chowing down on a pigeon that had been crushed in the latest rush for tourist seeds. What a romantic place. After dark though, when the pigeons are in bed, the daytrips are over and the lights are glowing the square is a beautiful sight. Grab a gelato and take a seat on the steps, it'll be great.

Thank ellishg
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Reviewed yesterday

If you are a tourist in Venice you might as well visit here, because you will want to see Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and other nearby attractions. The piazza is hectic and crowded with people and pigeons. There were people having their photos taken with pigeons landing all over them. Yuck! Those are dirty birds!
We wandered around the entire area and found the shops and cafes to be extremely oriented toward the tourist. This meant there were prices to match. It's a very expensive area. We wanted to sit and have a refreshment in a cafe, but we chose not to do so when we saw the exorbitant prices.
You have to do it if you visit Venice, but there is so much more to the city if you get away from this area.

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must see in Venice. Tips from the locals. Don't feed the pigeons they are damaging the environment and buildings. Tip two don't buy coffee or meals on the square unless you want to pay over the odds. Tip three charge to sit on the chairs outside the restaurants evening if you only want to watch life go by. Tip four no back packs in the basilica. Tip five: Doge's palace a worth a visit

Thank Midmoe
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The square is one of the largest in Venice but just marginal as far as sites to see.

Smaller squares had more to offer

Thank somanyfoods
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited by chance via a free walking tour in the afternoon. This is one of their highlights.. We went through small alleys to get here and viola a big piece of land welcomed our eyes! Must-see, must-visit with a tour guide - whether paid or free - due to the richness of history!

Thank Marie C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a joke. It was a ZOO of tourists. It was November, and everyone local commented on how crowded it was. The historic flooding was just in abatement by November 1-2 but yet it was terribly crowded. Not all it's cracked up to be. I heard there are pigeons everywhere in summer, but all we saw was tourists running around. All the shops on the arcades, overpriced. The line long to get in to the basilica - we skipped it. Took a few pictures and 'ran away'.

Thank Joann B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's an open square, what else is there to tell?... Other than the hordes of tourists (the mornings are empty though) you'll need to weave and dodge in and out from. Again with the flood platforms!? I understand that the city floods on a whim, but are there no better storage places for them, other than on the footpaths.

Thank dyaasy
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We love Venice so we go every year for 10 days to 2 weeks. Not a day goes by that we don't spend hours entranced by San Marco. However we try to avoid it between 10AM and 9 PM because of all the cruise passengers and tour members standing around. early and late it is a very spiritual and beautiful place. The city still has not gotten rid of the annoying rose sellers but it is worth avoiding them to be there. If someone approaches and offer you a "free rose" ignore them. It isn't really free. They will hound you till you make a "donation" to some "charity" in India.
Sometimes we go really late, after all three orchestras (which are quite good) finish playing and we have the whole square to ourselves. those are the really special times. Listen , look around imagine what it was like 400 years ago. The wealth and power of Venice in it's peak are very impressive. The fact that it was actually a near democracy is very comforting.

Thank Rowland45
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