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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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Nice and full of history

square is good to roam around but nuisance of pigeons is too much ,restaurants are damn expensive you get the feeling of ripping off.

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Udaipur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

square is good to roam around but nuisance of pigeons is too much ,restaurants are damn expensive you get the feeling of ripping off.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Must see when in Venice! It is a Breathtakingly Beautiful place. Best site in Venice. Most beautiful place in Venice!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So how many centuries old squares can you visit? All of them are the same....or are they? This square has men in Tuxedos singing opera. You can stand back and listen for free or take a seat for a €€€€££££¥¥¥¥$$$$ espresso and snack!!!! You can have pigeons sit on your arm, shoulder, head whatever...for a few € of course. I'm... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hard to believe I am here! It's beautiful and loads of tourists. Just snap picture after picture. Lots of pigeons so mind the kids if you have food in their hands. It can become a free for all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Don,t go and sit in the squares many outside cafes or eating places if you expect a deal, it isn't cheap having said that go for the experience,I sat at a table on my own whilst waiting for my wife to go in every shop in the square,having the full attention of the four piece band playing. Hey Ho what's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolutely gorgeous. Stunning. Its even more breath taking when you spend hours roaming the narrow streets of Venice and you stumble upon the massive St. Marks Square! Shops, birds, tourists, ice cream, social gatherings, weddings, countless photo opportunities...... cant go wrong with this square! Make sure to go visit! Spend the afternoon or the whole day near by! Many attractions... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful and large piazza with St Mark's Basilica at one end. Plenty of shops and food options. Nightlife is wonderful with restaurants offering outside dining and musical entertainment. The architecture is amazing and should be viewed during daytime and night. Be mindful of panhandlers and sketchy vendors.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We tend to travel to look at the sights and this was one worth seeing. The crowds weren't too bad in October and the weather was nice. The architecture is amazing and well worth checking out while in Venice.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You will no doubt pass this many times if you are exploring Venice for a few days. A very busy place for tourists and some great photo opportunities. If you have coffee on the square (which is a must for experience) then prepare to pay a lot for it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful at night with all the Christmas decorations and lights . No vehicles so walking everywhere makes a pleasant change

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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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