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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 today

Lots of people but it's a big square with plenty of cafes and things to see or just relax. You're going to have to pay an extra fee per person (children not charged) to sit at one the great cafes along the edges of the...More

Thank James W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place comes alive with all the people that just hang out and play with the birds.So many people are having fun and enjoying the atmosphere. Also thier are so many high end shops and the places to eat around here are very expensive

Thank Lealm
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The square is surrounded with opulent buildings, but visiting in summer means there are crowds everywhere. It is quite quiet about 8am in the morning, gets busier about 9.30am when people start to line up for the St Mark's Basilica.

Thank Jin G
Reviewed yesterday

Got to go and see it as its a main tourist spot but do eat and drink elsewhere as the prices are rip off

Thank Bennynorris
Reviewed yesterday

It is what it is, it is just a square, but if you want a nice drink which doesn't cost the earth, head down the little street near the basillica and you'll come to a lovely, tiny square, with more local feel, and you won't...More

Thank weechocolategirl
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spectacular architecture and monuments but can be very crowded. Hood point to start Venician stroll through all the alleys or hire a gondola, get a ferry to Murano and Burano

Thank Moamamike
Reviewed yesterday

St Mark's Square is always teeming with people. Historic buildings surround the square and in every direction your vision terminates on the still waters of the canal. It is absolutely beautiful. It's also the place where tourists get stung with ridiculously high prices everywhere they...More

Thank CarreraMelbourne
Reviewed 2 days ago

best to go on a day when the cruise ship is not in port. Go early in the morning before the crowds arrive.

Thank jmf528
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When in Venice this is a must see location. The history comes alive in this well restored ancient square. Lots of shops surround this location.

Thank Carey C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to sit and people watch. You can listen to the bands every night in the square as you have a glass of wine or espresso. The church is beautiful. My husband and I bought a bottle of wine from one of the shops...More

Thank CP6785
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 Gringombiano | Reviewed this property |
Flooding in Venice is certainly not uncommon, but is typically predictable and seasonal in nature. You should certainly be prepared (with waterproof boots) anytime in November and December. As for "covering up", they are... More
25 April 2017|
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Response from Gringombiano | Reviewed this property |
You will certainly pay more for meals at St. Mark's and around the Ponte Rialto. My recommendation is to explore: this is the real beauty of Venice. If you are staying not too far from St. Mark's I would recommend Casanova... More