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“Simply stunning!”
Review of St. Mark's Square

St. Mark's Square
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I have been to St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) on a number of occasions and never get bored of the stunning view, architecture and surroundings. The square itself is an architectural gem and is next to the gothic Doge's Palace and Basilica of San Marco and the bell tower, and overlooking the water. As a major tourist attraction the square is always packed (just keep your eyes open for pickpoints and your valuables safe) and is a great location for a little shopping and people watching in stunning surroundings.

Been warned eating or drinking in the square is extremely costly, as this is a tourist trap area. up to drink coffee costs less generally, and if there is live music provided there will be a cover charge for that too. Same can be said for shopping, head off into the back streets off the square and prices do start to drop. If you bring a picnic use the park around the corner as eating picnics in the square is forbidden.

There are numerous artists selling their wares alongside the canal just off the sqaure for competitve prices if you want to take a little something home.

This area can be flooded so check the time of year you indeed to travel and take your wellies if needed. St Mark's Square is a must for any visitor to Venice.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This place is the most common place where day trip tours meet. It is about 45 minutes by ferry from the railway station. A lot of nice and expensive shops line the periphery of the square. There is of course the Caffe Florian - the world's oldest cafe here as well. The place is particularly crowded by midday during Carnival. I was told by locals that this place can get flood quite easily as well, so if you see water ponding from the sides of the square, get out immediately. Don't keep standing in the middle to take photos etc because it will be a little disaster if you get caught stranded in the middle of the square with water all around you.

Thank robin338
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

You must see it in your lifetime. The buildings and historical features are breathtaking and the preservation is remarkable. Arriving via the Grand Canal adds to the wonder of the experience. The downside is that on June 1 it was sizzling hot and so crowded it was hard to walk. The best next step is to slip away into the multiple cool and shady alleyways where you will find street after street of dazzling shops and eateries. And don't miss the gondola ride.

Thank PennWanderer
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I was very fortune to visit St. Mark's Square at the beginning of June when it wasn't too very crowded yet with tourists and it wasn't flooded with water. I enjoyed seeing this beautiful area in the daytime, the beautiful church, the famous digital clock and the tower, the Doge's Palace, etc. Then, in the evening it turns into another scene. The different cafeteria's have string quartets playing lovely classical music, each taking turns with different music. It is just beautiful. You can sit and enjoy the music and have something to drink or just stand in the background and go from one area to the next without buying anything if you want. It is a must if you go to Venice.

Thank Deanna3330
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Someone said it here that the best time to see the square is when there aren't that many tourists around.

We went to see the square late at night and experienced a moment that stayed with us.

The lights were on and the moon was out. Holding hands we sat down in the steps of the building and just let the atmosphere seeped in. The music from the violin in a nearby restaurant wafted through our ears while the age old buildings illuminated by the lights stand tall, and we can see the church at the end of the square almost like a silent witness of what is happening between us . It felt so magical and enchanting.

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