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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

The building is beautiful. It is quite a piece of art. I couldn't get inside because the line was so long. There are shops and restaurants all along the square if you want to rest your feet and get a bite to eat.

Thank zoezimba
Reviewed yesterday

The St. Marks Square was a great place to sit down enjoy a drink and people watch. There were many dining options nearby and shopping to enjoy.

Thank CARETravel
Reviewed yesterday

We sat in St. Mark's for about an hour to relax after a morning of intense touring. We sat on the steps at the far end in the shade, which was quite pleasant (aside from the vendors shoving roses into our faces constantly). We did...More

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful Square, never a bad time to visit although best enjoyed in the morning before most tourists are out; however, what lets the Square is the lack of proper restaurants or cafés rather than just places that serve drinks and snacks.

Thank RWandSW
Reviewed yesterday

We were in Venice in August 2017 ..... prime tourist season. The square is amazingly beautiful but I'd say detracted by some of the tourists and their lack of awareness of others. Would also note that the square, at night, is littered with annoying folks...More

Thank Elia V
Reviewed yesterday

This is a fascinating historic area to visit, but the crowds were horrible in August. If possible, plan a visit later in the year to have cooler weather and fewer tourists. One must be in good condition to walk long distances and climb stairs over...More

Thank caper2
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very historical area Super nice Lots lots of restaurants and cafe around you Money change shops ATM machine I preferred the foods in the small street around the st marks Really it's tourist area

Thank mohammad a
Reviewed yesterday

St Marks Square is the heart of Venice. Try and visit early in the day when is a little quieter. We were there lunchtime/early afternoon and it was heaving with tourists and difficult to navigate around all the many organised tour groups! Look in every...More

Thank Nicola D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Of course the square is amazing during the day but at night it is magically transformed into a wonderful and romantic place! Have dinner here or come after dinner, as we did every night, and enjoy the beautiful summer night with music and dancing. A...More

Thank Jay C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the square since we were in Venice. The location was highly crowded with tourists, but was nice to see.

Thank HLaw97
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