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Piazza San Marco, Venice

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Venice's principal public space, Piazza San Marco 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 Piazza San Marco on your trip to Venice, use our Venice trip planner.
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  • You'll pay for the atmosphere at restaurants (even for drinks). Example: two drinks were 36 euros. Of course you do get live music at night there. 
    You'll pay for the atmosphere at restaurants (even for drinks). Example: two drinks were 36 euros. Of course you do get live music at night there.  more »
  • A good place to enjoy coffee- but be prepared to pay alot. Also there are lots of shops around square and sightseeings to visit with the help of our local guide. 
    A good place to enjoy coffee- but be prepared to pay alot. Also there are lots of shops around square and sightseeings to visit with the help of our local guide.  more »
  • After a wonderful day of strolling the maze called Venice the perfect cherry on top is sitting at a cafe on the Piazza enjoying a spritz and listening to the music. Fantastico! 
    After a wonderful day of strolling the maze called Venice the perfect cherry on top is sitting at a cafe on the Piazza enjoying a spritz and listening to the music. Fantastico!  more »
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  • Venice is an incredible city to explore. As a wedding photographer I found it intriguing. The presence of large crowds in most areas required patience and seizing opportunity from moment to moment to get clear backgrounds. Give yourself plenty of time to see the place properly and to get into the quieter areas away from the usual tourist path.
  • It's a beautiful piazza. The architecture is stunning, and the atmosphere is always alive with activity and people. It has a strong resemblance to Venice's historic center. Although it is in the heart of Venice, it is a popular tourist destination. Go before sunrise (avoid heavy crowds) or before sunset to take photographs during the 'golden hour'.
  • Simply the best ❤️ place ever,I have visited so far.We arrived by train as most people do,and as stepped out from the station buildings,it was if we had been transported back in time,hundreds of years,it was just magical and spellbinding and took your breath away.Its been well documented that Venice is very expensive but that thought never crossed my mind,I suppose we were having such a wonderful time we didn't want money to spoil a lifetime experience, can't wait to get back there in the near future.
  • Great square, however not much place to sit, and the waiters from the restaurants along the sides of the square are quite rude. The church is currently under renovation, so while it is still open for tourists, you can’t see the middle part of it as it is covered. Nevertheless, it is spectacular, what can be seen!
  • St mark square is lovely, we visited the tower clock from where you can have a lovely view of the city in all directions. Doge's palace is lovely too to visit, very knowledgeable information about the history of the Venetian Republic in different languages.. definitely suggested!

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