St. Mark's Square, Venice

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Venice's principal public space, St. Mark's Square has served as the city's social, religious, and political center for centuries. In fact, Napoleon called the square "the drawing room of Europe." It's the largest square in the city and the only one given the designation of "piazza" (the others are all called "campi"). Originally constructed in the ninth century as a small public space dotted with trees, the square was substantially enlarged in the 12th century and was paved with bricks in the 13th. Several major architectural sites surround the area. The most notable is an imposing church dedicated to St. Mark. Don't feed the pigeons--city law forbids feeding the birds in the square. To visit St. Mark's Square on your trip to Venice, use our Venice trip planner .
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  • 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...  more »
  • If you go high season will see infinite world. But after fascinating at the Centre and includes the half top 10 drivers not playing not to see. A perimeter ride deserves to make a and has many shops for all pockets.
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  • 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...  more »
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  • Stunning square! A beautiful centerpiece for Venice. The tower was a highlight, it cost €8 to get to the top but the views are just incredible. The whole of Venice and more easily viewed from the bell room. Now St. Marks itself was a touch disappointing due to my views on how the Catholic Church handles donations and such but absolutely no doubting how awe-inspiring the architecture is. Not quite Rome though...
  • One of the most famous historic places in the world. The Venetian call it just «la piazza». The French emperor Napoleon called the Piazza San Marco "the drawing room of Europe". Whenever I am there I imagine to feel some famous and most important European or world history passing by....! Actually, the main problem today is the huge amount of tourists from all over the world and the sky rocketing prices for a caffè latte or a simple espresso.
  • Beautiful place. Lots of tourists and of course pigeons - we were lucky to see a photo shoot for D & G fashion house - pretty models - lots of takes - editing people in the back looking at proofs - security keeping people away - great atmosphere. We also went to local restaurant at night and enjoyed a 3 piece band under the venetian moon. Will come back. Loved it. Highly recommended
  • St. Mark's Square and the Basilica. What a beautiful place to visit, with fine architecture, a wide open space with eateries and even a harbour down past the Doge Palace. We spent the whole day walking round Venice and managed to walk nearly 7 miles, just wondering. I would highly recommend visiting and walking round the square. Venice has great offerings and this is definitely one of them.
  • Beautiful plaza located in the central heart of Venice. The cathedral overlooks one end and is quite the spectacle to look at. The architecture around the entire plaza is very similar and is beautiful to look at. Everyone pretty much stops here when they visit Venice because of the boat transports that drop everyone off right outside of the plaza. There are several local and brand name stores surrounding the plaza if you're looking to go shopping too!

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Save money and avoid tourist crowds by booking your accommodation outside the historical center of Venice. Central Venice is full of picturesque canals and narrow lanes, but it is also extremely noisy and hectic throughout the day and late into the night. You can explore the ancient city's charms at your own pace by staying at a comfortable B&B or small hotel located in the city's residential suburbs. To stay close to the finest beaches and restaurants, check into a hotel on the island of Lido, the city's famous seaside resort.
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