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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Chau-Minh P
Waterloo, Canada363 contributions
Couples
It’s a nice square with lots of things to do. From a photography perspective, it’s hard to take a good photo since there are so many tourists. Best time to take photos would be super early in the morning or near sunset. Watch out for rose sellers who try to scam you. If this happens to you, make sure to take a lot of pictures.
Written 11 August 2022
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Winter Peg
Stonewall, Canada2 contributions
Family
Went for a quick weekend getaway. Saturday night on our way back to hotel went by St.Marks to see what was happening. Only one orchestra playing due to the rain…magical. Lightning over St.Marks Basillica, the orchestra playing, people dancing made it a magical moment I will never forget.
Written 9 August 2022
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Brita S
Aberdeen, NJ106 contributions
San Marco's plaza is definitively a tourist trap, but one that has to be seen. We like it best at night, when the bands at the cafes play music. Be aware of buying anything here though - it's utterly expensive. You can listen to the music without buying that 11 Euro espresso!
During the day it's quite crowded, but evening is not so bad, as many tourists are day tourists only and leave in the evening.
Written 8 August 2022
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Vicki B
South Carolina145 contributions
We enjoyed this are much more very early in the morning & in the evenings. During the day it was very crowded & overwhelming. The sunrise was beautiful, but definitely more people there than expected at 6am. Most were there with cameras. Oh, those social media influencers are all over the place posing for forever in the best spots... I think Venice has stopped the cruise ships which has hopefully helped with crowds. Go at night and listen to the outside orchestras playing delightful music! Just know there is a "sit at a table" surcharge for sitting at a table.
Written 7 August 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel35,760 contributions
Venice's most famous square looked somehow strange not being sunk under a meter of water, but laughs aside, it's an impressive square with several monumental attractions to explore.
Written 6 August 2022
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KW*BIHi
Island of Hawaii, HI103 contributions
St. Mark's has a lot of shop and kiosk vendors, but the prices are really high. Very "tourist" place. Lot's of great restaurants, but good *tip* - pay with Euro's! A lot of vendors prefer this method.
Written 5 August 2022
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jsteelem
Belfast, UK416 contributions
Beautiful architecture around the square like the Basilica,Doge,s Palace,Bell Tower and others but long queues for entry into these,not pleasant in hot July sunshine. If you sit on steps you will be ushered off by ones patrolling the square.so if you want to rest the only places are the expensive restaurants.Be careful here as a fee will be added to you bill for the music provided as if 17 euros is not enough for a cup of coffee. Eat in side sreets at a more reasonable price and even better little sandwich bars selling delicious take away ones for a few euros. If ever thinking of returning it would Autumn time,less crowded no queueing unlike the hot and overcrowded high season.
Written 5 August 2022
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Morris
Lancaster, PA811 contributions
I loved visiting Piazza San Marco at all the different times of day. We were in Venice for 4 days and had visited before so this visit was just to wonder around and enjoy the experience and not so much site see. The early morning is so peaceful and one can appreciate the scale of the Piazza. Midday and afternoon the Piazza is active with live music and packed cafes.
Written 5 August 2022
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Phil D
Sacramento, California, USA117 contributions
It is all it is billed up to be lots to see and learn about.. Just don't eat on the plaza bad food and expensive. Take a tour and be able to see everything.
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Written 2 August 2022
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StFidgeta
3 contributions
Family
This was by far the least enjoyable part of our day tour of our otherwise exquisite Venice for one reason: they do not let you sit down anywhere in the piazza unless you are a customer at one of the very expensive restaurants. If you do sit on a step or ledge, you are immediately accosted by uniformed staff who tell you that you must stand. People are tired and hot, and there is woefully inadequate seating in nearby restaurants for the summer crowds. Yet apparently employing people to keep people from sitting is more important than... say... providing places for people to sit who will of course want to sit.

While we were there we saw the anti-sitting enforcers hassling a woman on crutches because she was sitting down. Good grief! In what universe is this the best use of resources? Imagine if the money being used to pay the (literal) uprightness brigade had been devoted to putting some benches out. People might linger, spend money at shops, enjoy the beauty of the exteriors of St. Mark's and the Doge's Palace... As it is we were eager to leave, opted not to spend money there on principle, and wished it had not been the meetup point for the second half of our day-long walking tour so that we could have avoided it.
Written 29 July 2022
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Piazza San Marco admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost HK$332.29, while a popular guided tour starts around HK$54.87 per person. See all 341 Piazza San Marco tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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