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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice, Italy
San Marco
+39 06 0427 40436
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We just visited st.marks square and while it's cold, very cold but it's also Christmas so everything was lit up! There were Christmas trees and decorations all around. There were people all around and festivity was in the air. The snack bars were open and...More

Thank Rushabh H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Was scammed at Venice by some "hotel porters" when I was there. They claimed to be hotel staff and insisted on helping us with our luggage, even showing us their "hotel pass". Thereafter they insisted that we pay 15 euros. Beware! There are many crooks...More

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Be prepared to relax and soak it all in. At high tide on some occasions it could be flooded. Do not eat near the square unless you have arranged a mortgage!

Thank Acceptitasitcomes
Reviewed 2 days ago

Due to the bad weather the place was a bit deserted. Full of pigeons and seagulls looking for food and a bit melancholic. It must better on the summertime with the cafes and the people walking up and down

Thank Venetiasamos
Reviewed 3 days ago

interesting area withn lot of showrooms restaurants and hotels. walk thru the small shops aswell. nice spot

Reviewed 3 days ago

You cannot visit Venice without taking a stroll around this magnificent square. Watch the clock strike, and marvel at the sun setting over the bay, but walk a few streets away for your coffee and cake - unless you really don't care about the price!

Thank cal6t5
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A magnificent selection of buildings. Glorious facades. Please watch out for crazy priced cafes that charge an extra 30% on top of already expensive prices! Tourist traps a plenty here! (Steer clear of Osteria Da Luca €€€€)

Thank rtwfof
Reviewed 4 days ago

Just what you woudl expect- grand and impressive! full of tourists, birds and beggars. It's wonderful for pictures, and you can get a good shot from almosty any angle. Walk along the edges and window shop at the jewelry and antique shops. Do be careful...More

Thank Matanda28
Reviewed 4 days ago

Growing up in New York, having visited public spaces in Paris and Rome and Edinburgh and elsewhere, we were not expecting the excitement we felt when we first entered St. Mark's Square. It is huge, it is beautiful, crowds get swallowed up by it (except...More

Thank twoinmaine
Reviewed 4 days ago

Don't even bother going to Venice. Some random foreigners tried giving us some bird seeds we almost fell for it until we remembered they would demand money from us. I did not enjoy my experience in Italy , wouldn't recommend anybody to visit this terrible...More

1  Thank chelliebea
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