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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

St. Marks square is the heart of Venice. The location was beautiful with restaurants playing music and people lazing around and enjoying their time in summer. The Gondola ride was icing on the cake which gave the view of narrow canals of the city. The...More

Thank anthony m
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great architecture, basilica, palace, restaurant options, and shopping all in one convenient location. Must not miss this one.

Thank Follow_The_Kat
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Yes the square and the art work are awesome. But be aware of the food outlets surrounding the square. We have seen flies around the sandwiches, told the staff but they werent even interested. I call this "prime location snobs"

Thank mdbayram
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice place to go with interesting architecture and good tourist bits to do, beware of the seagulls though as they aren’t too hesitant to try take food away from your hands!

Thank Lewisg77
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very impressive, a lot of history, the place, the tower, the prison, the museum, the basilica are all worth the visit.

Thank Ron L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Are in Venice this should be on your list It is surrounded by Restaurants and expensive shops On three sides tried 3 different restaurants all over priced but the music was nice The square is impressive to look at and to photograph

Thank chinatravler022
Reviewed 3 days ago

Venice the Capital of northern Italy's Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic sea. It has no roads just canals, including the famous Grand Canal lined with beautiful Renaissance and Gothic Palaces. St Marks Square is...More

Thank Paul F
Reviewed 3 days ago

I had expected that at the end of October it would be less crowded than when I was there in the summer. I was wrong. It was packed with thousands of people making for a very unpleasant afternoon. Go early in the morning to enjoy...More

Thank michael p
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is another must-see in Venice. Yes, it is very crowded even during the off-peak season, and, yes, it is important to be cautious of pickpockets, but the architecture is breathtaking. It is a wonderful spot to take the opportunity to simply people watch and...More

Thank Jean H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Venice and especially the piazza San Marco are historically almost unmatched places. It's easy to imagine how life has been here several centuries ago. But as soon as you sit down in a café, it's clear that this is not an avarage place. An espresso,...More

Thank TomOnTravel88
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 Travels4Miles | Reviewed this property |
The streets themselves are not prone to flooding, however St Mark's Square is. The locals said this usually only occurs during off peak season, however this was the case when we visited in July. It only happens toward the... More
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