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St. Mark's Square

Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
+39 06 0427 40436
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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. 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
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+39 06 0427 40436
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must see as part of any visit to Venice and impressive for its size but it has the expected array of tourist shops and over-priced restaurants around the outside. So get in, see the Basilica and the Doges Palace and then move on to...More

Thank Richard L
Reviewed yesterday

We sat at one of the restaurants in the afternoon and had some wine with snacks - totally worth it! It's full of people during the day as all the tourist are out - calms down a lot later in the day or early in...More

Thank Kiran S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We booked skip the line through Veneto Inside for st marks church and st marks bell tower. They are separate buildings. The skip the line church wasn't worth it but the skip the line for the tower was amazing we skipped so many people it...More

Thank Emilyfg
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was a beautiful square, the Doge's palace, the tower, the cathedral of St. Mark were all amazing structures, but we can hardly enjoy it because of the tons of tourist pushing and shoving, crisscrossing your path. If I had tue chance to stay overnight,...More

Thank doc8reg
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful place to walk or sit with a cup of coffee, or glass of Champagne. The only problem - too many doves everywhere.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 2 days ago

A must-visit for any Venice trip. It is truly impressive, even if you just look from the outside and do not go into anywhere (we did go into the Campanile and Basilica though)!

Thank stonerose5
Reviewed 2 days ago

Long lines await you anywhere you plan to go during this time of years. For the most part, the stores that surround the plaza are designed for tourists.

Thank Helen W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The is the place to be to take photos of St Mark's Basilica. It's often crowded, even in the evenings. Cafes and restaurants in the square are exorbitantly expensive (eg. €10 for a coke) but if you don't mind paying the price to sit and...More

Thank A N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's the centre of Venice, so it'll be on everyones list of things to see. Try go early in the day to avoid the crowds. June tourism was insane, with too many people and tours. And be firm with the guys that insist on giving...More

Thank coconutugly
Reviewed 2 days ago

This amazing square is surrounded by the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica, the Bell Tower and a number of restaurants and shops. We were warned by our guide not to eat in the square because of the large number of pigeons. Frankly, I've never seen...More

Thank Sharon M
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
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Joseph H
Is Venice a place to go in December? Should we skip Venice? We are traveling to Rome and Florence. If. To Venice around Christmas time, what other cities should we stay?
24 June 2017|
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Response from RadioCork | Reviewed this property |
Hi Joseph, I have been to all 3 cities. No question Florence is my favourite. Rome is fantastic also and Venice has its own special touches. In my opinion you are doing a lot of travelling to go up to Venice from Rome and... More
I read something ab out the streets flooding at high tide in Venice? Is this common? Do you need boots? Also, what did a traveler mean in mentioning that you need to cover your arms and legs in order to be dressed appropriately for admission to attractions in Venice? tia
26 April 2017|
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Response from SJB448 | Reviewed this property |
Hi the streets do on occasion flood and the Venicians and tourists alike take it in their stride...in fact I think it is turned into a fun time! The hotel we stay at provides boots for these days. As for the attractions I... More
What area is less expensive but still safe and nice for meals? Everyone has been saying restaurants/cafes so expensive in St. Marks. Where do you recommend eating?
25 April 2017|
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Response from SJB448 | Reviewed this property |
Hi all areas of Venice are safe. We stay at the Hotel Ala near St Marks square and everywhere is accessible from there. We tended to take a walk and find a restaruant to eat in,they all have prices outside but beware of... More