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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  • Nice open area. Lots of visitors were feeding pigeons. Beautiful public square. Very nice architecture of abutting buildings. Lots of restaurants, cafes, shops, water taxis, and more, available in...  more »
  • Piazza San Marco was very romantic. At night there are several restaurants that have their own classical music live band. It was a beautiful night for my wife and I to continue enjoying our...  more »
  • It is worth every minute you spend here taking in the architecture and ambiance. Truly one of the most special places in the world. Just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere, particularly at sunset.  more »

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