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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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Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
San Marco
+39 06 0427 40436
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The single most important site to see in Venice. If you don't spend time here, you've missed the whole point of going to Venice. Don't forget the Doge Palace. And the 50 euro coffee and dessert.

Thank MOTU
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The day we went to st marks square was the wettest ever. The square was flooded and was still flooded the following day

Thank annvelocette
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Never disappoints... From the music at the bars in the evening to the crowds in the day this is an amazing place.

Thank Crick22
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One of the key attractions of Venice but gets quite crowded and very expensive coffee shops and restaurants. Obviously go there but then wander off further into the City to discover hidden charm and better places to eat

Thank dr7575
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

St Marks Square is of course the iconic picture postcard view of Venice the world over. It is a very beautiful place and the views are stunning. That makes it a must see for any visitor to Venice. Just along from the square by the...More

Thank Speedbird747
Reviewed 2 days ago

A walk through At Marks Square is a must. It is truly breathtaking. Trying to look at all of the amazing architecture. Went in September and the square was flooded. Either buy the waterproof boots on offer, or do as we did and have a...More

Thank barbarajalmond
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

With stunning architecture, the most beautiful sunrises, history with every stone, what is there not to like about San Marco. This really is my 'Happy Place'. To make best if it go for 7am and hear the beautiful bells striking, on a stunning summer morning....More

Thank LadyCappelli
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a tour with a guide at first and he share a story about the square it was a place where a lot of statue got stolen and also a place where they use to chop people head that had committed a crime

Thank Josée R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely when less busy. Recommend going after 5pm when the cruises have departed. You can move easier and see more. Loved it when not fighting the crowds (especially with luggage)

Thank Nicola P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everytime I go to Venice I have to go to St. Mark's Square and sit to have coffee. It is a wonderful gathering place to people watch. It is also very beautiful. If you have ever seen a picture, it doesn't do the square justice....More

Thank Jacque D
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
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
26 April 2017|
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Response from Minù V | Reviewed this property |
l'acqua alta è molto comune, basta aquistare stivali di gomma in loco, i turisti si divertono molto, una esperienza che rimane per la vita.
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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