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Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

224 reviews
Sights and Museums,Shopping,Outdoors,Historic Site,Landmark,Plaza
Ranked #1 in Venice things to do
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Piazza San Marco, Venice 30124 Italy
+39 041 529 8711
24 hrs
http://www.piazzasanmarco.org/
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Certainly the most famous piazza in Venice, and perhaps in all of Italy, Piazza San Marco is a marvel of beauty and history. Stepping into the piazza may feel overwhelming, though it's only ~175 ... Read more
meters in length, it certainly feels much more expansive. Be sure to check out the Basilica di San Marco, the clock tower, and the columns of Venice's patron saints while you're here. On a pleasant day, hundreds of pigeons flock to this piazza to bother tourists and feed on their scraps and generosity. As the sun falls, the piazza becomes a surreal blur of lights and sounds as the columns and halls that line the piazza turn on their warm white lights and the string quartets tune their instruments in anticipation of a night of mellow performances.

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Padua, Italy

I would define Piazza San Marco simply as a jewel. It has a rectangular shape, enclosed on three sides by regular buildings with arches. On the fourth side there is San Marco basilica. It is very elegant and messy at the same time. You could spend 15 euros for a coffee at Caffe Quadri, or just look around, listening at the music that cafes orchestra play, obviously classic venetian music. You could reach it by 40 minutes walking from the railway station, following the cartels indications. Through Piazzetta San Marco it is directly connected with the lagoon. Sometimes there are open air concerts, a really enchanting atmosphere. San Marco campanile stand on one side.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

You cannot go to Venice and not go to Pizzale Michelangelo. It is breathtaking. Be aware of large crowds and pickpockets.

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Marsaxlokk

You'll travel the world over and you would not find many more squares as beautiful as Piazza San Marco. It is filled with centuries of history and is still considered as Venice's beating heart. Evenings with mood lighting and live music are especially romantic.

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Foster City, California, USA

Main plaza and No.1 attraction in Venice to visit. From the train station, take the Gondola taxi on the Grand Canal all the way to Piazza San Marco. You will see amazing Venetian buildings here, loved the architecture.

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Los Altos, California, USA

The only Piazza in Venice! There was Venice marathon the morning we were there. We came back few hour later, the Piazza had a different feeling. Go and feed or run through pigeons!

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

The focal point of historic and now tourist Venice. Come here to see grand architecture, pigeons, and way too many tourists.

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Brooklyn, New York State, USA

This plaza is beautiful you can see how it comes to life with locals and tourists and live music daily !

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Brno, Czech Republic

You cannot come to Venice, and not see St. Mark's Square. Just expect, a ton of tourists. Therefore the shops in the square are expensive so are the restaurants. Around the back alleys you will find much more and less expensive shops and eats.

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Surrey

Beautiful place that everyone sees when they come to Venice. There are pigeons everywhere.

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Los Altos, California, USA

Piazza San Marco is lovely lit up at night and definitely worth a stroll. It has a lot of commercial stores located around its perimeter, but at night you can almost overlook the glowing lights of Hugo Boss and other stores you might find at home.

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Klang, Malaysia

Overlooked over one of the most beautiful Square in the world, a real marble salon,the city centre for centuries. Many locals and tourists like to be here and shopping around. Sit down some where and have a cup of coffee.

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Seattle

Beautiful and very lively square lined with shops and birds. Architecture of the building is stunning and amazing to just stare at

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Macher, Spain

The Piazza San Marco is prone to occasional flooding. As it was when we were there - but it made it fun.

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La Canada Flintridge, California, USA

St. Mark's Square is beautiful at night or really early in the morning.

Sit down at the cafe and enjoy a drink and the music. Avoid when all the cruise line passengers disembark. They square can be a madhouse.

Take a little trip on a gondola too.

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San Diego, California, USA

It's a must see spot in Venice, but if you go in the middle of the day it's really crowded. And the drinks are pricey. There are some many other romantic spots in Venice.

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Paranaque, Philippines

Venice's main square is full of history and surrounded by great architecture. Several of Venice's major sights are located here, so the square is often crowded with tourists however for me it's still a favorite spot.

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Hatfield

Great place to start your journey. Here you'll see gondolas stowed, some nice places to eat. It's a great place to venture from as the streets spread out from there, great gelato bars around the neighbouring streets, some pretty buildings here too. Definitely more impressive at night imo

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The main piazza in Venice on the south end near to the center of the island along the grad canal near to all the cities main attractions.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

I guess we're in the minority, but we've visited Piazza San Marco twice over the years. It's great if you like hordes of tourists, pigeons galore, over-priced restaurants, competing bands, and shops selling nothing but masks and glass. The architecture is amazing & we have been told that it's best explored in the evening, but until we escaped to the quieter parts of Venice, we never understood the attraction of Venice itself. Blech!

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Bedford

The Piazza San Marco is beautiful and the gem of Venice. There was considerable renovations underway when I last visited in 2011. I am sure it is looking beautiful now

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Aliases: San Marco Square, Piazza di San Marco, St Mark's Square

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