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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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

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Venice, Italy
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

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

Thank MossieNo1
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 

Thank lucille w
Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 

Thank StephanieandJamie
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

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 

Thank Dennis M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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.

Thank Shameem A
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Can honestly say this is a tourist hotspot in Venice but something you have to do and get some pictures from. Plenty of cafes surrounding the square so you can sit back and people watch which even in low season was quite a lot. Aside from it hosting the doges palace, the basilica and overpriced cafes it does have some... More 

Thank VM1907
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stunning views and local culture. The gateway to Venice from ancient times to the present. Step up to one of the local cafes lining the square or bring a bottle of wine but don't miss one of Europe's finest and free attractions. Ground zero for Carnavale and tourists from around the world.

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Day or night you cannot fail to be impressed by this , San Marco or St Mark's Square. We loved the cafes with their live bands playing an assortment of music. Even when crowded , which was day or night , it was so easy to access everything we wanted. Watching the tourists and the pigeons ...always kept us entertained.

Thank TomTeeganSnapper
Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went in February Carnival season absolutely amazing people walking around in costume a feast on the eyes.Packed but well worth a visit in February

Thank susan F
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's beautiful, just like I imagined and just as it appears in the James Bond movie. But, the problem with St. Mark's Square is that it is full of pigeons and the pigeons make a mess of the square by scattering the square with their feces. Yes, I read that local authorities were trying to control it but I don't... 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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