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St. Mark's Square

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Address: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +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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My mouth dropped when I entered the square with all its elegance and Italian charm. Simply breathtaking.

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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

My mouth dropped when I entered the square with all its elegance and Italian charm. Simply breathtaking.

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Kincardine, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went during the day and stayed until the lights came on at night. It was really quite magical and quiet when it was dark. Be warned though, finding your way back to the rail station in the dark was a nightmare! Take the water bus.

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Really spectacular place. It's also nice to window shop here. There is always a great buzz there. One bit of advice if you walk down the waterfront in front of the square avoid the lady dressed up in the red dress/hat etc. She will wave to you and ask you if you want to take a photo and then try... More 

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Venice was so unexpectedly amazing for solo travel. No cars means no having to get used to weird traffic rules for foreigners. The streets are crooked, tiny and confusing, but you can't get lost. I was so nervous about being by myself somewhere new and my phone died while I was wandering, but I made my way back just fine... More 

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This historic square has been seen in motion pictures, travel books, travel magazines, and countless tourist's photos.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

During our wedding anniversary vacation we stopped here for two days and one whole day we spent walking around the square, going up the tower (reviewed separately), seeing the inside of the church. Generally, you just walk around in admiration that the building and city have survived over the years or sit down and take it in with an expensive... More 

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We have been to Venice four or five times before. The main sights are: Grand Canal, San Marcos Square (Bridge of Sighs, Doge Palace, 4 Horses from Constantinople, Clock Tower and St. Marks Basilica) and Rialto Bridge. We avoid the summer heat and crowds. However, this time, October, it was too crowded. Using the map is confusing because it is... More 

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If you don't mind the cold and we were very lucky to have only 1 day of rain I would suggest a November visit we had st. Marks Square to ourselves which was wonderful we also experienced the Aqua Alta which was surreal and with the pathways through the water they are very accommodating and it is an experience in... More 

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There was so many tourist even at night. It was cool to see. Not into shopping and it's like they turned an old palace into a high end outlet mall.

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What a stunning place: this place is certainly the center of attraction in Venice. Here you will find an array of things to see. From pigeons to wedding photos to vendors selling their wares. St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) is Venice on parade, where everyone comes to see and be seen. ." Life has revolved around this piazza since... More 

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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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