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“Might as Well”
Review of St. Mark's Square

St. Mark's Square
Ranked #4 of 800 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 3 weeks ago

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 michaelmartman
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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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