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St. Mark's Square

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
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+39 06 0427 40436
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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It is said that Napoleon called San Marco "the drawing room of...

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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It's a beautiful square! What I would like to suggest is to feed the peonage as they like sitting on your head, shoulders and are very polite:)

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Goes, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a beautiful square! What I would like to suggest is to feed the peonage as they like sitting on your head, shoulders and are very polite:)

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Bethlehem, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a fantastic place to visit while in Venice - one of those don't miss spots. But don't plan to shop, or eat in the area - the places are definitely overpriced

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Geraldine, New Zealand
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What an amazing square, too much to see. Unfortunately for us when we got here there was the annual carnival, with thousands of people in costumes.Was great to see but the crowds interfered with us being able to enjoy the surroundings, we should have researched events in Venice before booking for the weekend we did. Still worth a visit if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the beating heart of the City and it is easy to spend a long time here, admiring the frontage of St Marks' Basilica, the Doges Palace, the Campanile and the elegant buildings surrounding the square. There are cafes and tables all round the square and the prices reflect the popularity of the place. The three drawbacks are the... More 

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Swan Hill, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a very big square with lovely buildings surrounding it. Hard to take it all in, because it was very busy when we were there. Lots of shops and restaurants surrounding it as well as the Cathedral and other buildings.

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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful spot with plenty of visitors. Make sure you have your camera. Some nice restaurants about.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful square lots to see ,lots to do, full of overpriced bars but that's expected, it's quiet in the morning but was very busy in the afternoon , we were there for the carnival which was amazing . lots of shops off the square , bars and restaurants and the grand Canal. You will get lost and walk for miles... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked to San Marco Square early Sunday morning (9:30am). Yes it's Canavale... But oh my goodness... It took about 1hour15minutes to walk into the square. We were neck to neck in people getting there! San Marco square is breathtakingly beautiful. With people walking all dressed up for the Carnavale it's magical. We were told by the owners of our... More 

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Great for a few photos but once there done, move down one of the side streets if you want a drink or food. Tou still get same feeling of cafe culture in one of the many other squares. Check menus as they will charge 3 times the price for the item if you sit down with it. You have to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

St Marks Square looks even better in the winter without the huge crowds. Beautiful architecture, lighting all leading down to the Grand Canal. My opinion even more beautiful than I remember it in the Summer.mingle with beautiful people from all over the world.

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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 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.
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