Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco, Venice: Address, Piazza San Marco Reviews: 4.5/5

Piazza San Marco
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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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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The area
Neighbourhood: 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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Malgorzata
11,025 contributions
Jul. 2021
The largest and most famous square in the city, the true heart of Venice. In fact, it makes a really big impression along with the surrounding monuments. Great architecture. Piazza San Marco is the lowest point of Venice, so during high tide the whole square is under water. A charming and atmospheric place. A must see when visiting Venice.
Written 18 May 2022
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Tchumb
Florence, Italy315 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Solo
With so many other squares to visit in Venice Saint Marks is over played. Impressive in scale but overwhelmed by the number of tourists. Everything is overpriced including the well-known Harry's Bar nearby.
Written 17 May 2022
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Lesley F
Dubai, United Arab Emirates40 contributions
Feb. 2022
Amazing architecture. We went in February and Covid, so not everything was open. Not a lot of cafes and no music. Would have loved to sit outside Caffe Florian but not this time.
Written 16 May 2022
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JJOH
Doha, Qatar636 contributions
May 2022
Yes it’s iconic but I’m afraid that for me it seems to have so vomljrtelyvsokd it soul to the tourism devil.
Crowded, hideously expensive and lacking the real feel if many other similar place in Italy
Written 15 May 2022
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Terry R
Alexandria, VA4 contributions
May 2022
Piazza San Marco can get crowded but it is impressive and lovely all at the same time. Best time to walk through is early morning or late in the evening.
Written 14 May 2022
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Dhillie
Lincoln, UK15 contributions
May 2022
We didn’t have a coffee in st marks square but we still managed to enjoy the music, ambience and Morrer museum.
Written 14 May 2022
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Daniel B
Redditch, UK258 contributions
May 2022
Probably the most famous square in Venice and surrounded by beautiful architecture, but really because it's a huge tourist area then the prices in both the restaurants and shops surrounding the square are beyond ridiculous. If you're not eating and drinking in the overpriced restaurants then the only place to sit and watch the world go by is on the steps around the square. I expected more atmosphere but found that there are smaller piazzas off the tourist trail that are much more lively and enjoyable as they're full of Italians rather than tourists.
Written 9 May 2022
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Zoe P
10 contributions
Jul. 2021
This place feels like a whole different world. It's filled with people of all ages and it's great for an evening walk. If you are lucky like we were you'll see some of the famous pirates there too! Also, if a random guy offers you a handful of corn kennels be prepared to be swarmed by pigeons lol
Written 7 May 2022
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Joanne J
Teignmouth, UK150 contributions
Apr. 2022
Everywhere you look there is stunning buildings. A real treat to see such beautiful architecture.
cafes all around here too.
Written 7 May 2022
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l0ve2travel93
London, UK224 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is another of the must see places, I’ll have to admit I didn’t find the square that special and all the outlets around the edge were very expensive but still nice to visit.

We went up the tower in the square for 10 euro which had a lift and gave a good view of the city - would recommend this.
Written 6 May 2022
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