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St. Mark's Square, Venice
Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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. Take a look at our Venice holiday planner to schedule your visit to St. Mark's Square and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Images of St Mark's square are common in books and in films. The real place is so much more awe inspiring. There are museums and cafes opening onto the square, making it a great spot to people watch. ... read more »
If you went to Venice and missed this wonderful and Beautiful set of structures and buildings, so arrange another trip to Venice!!! I strongly recommend you to go there both day and night. (Specially ... read more »
Love, tourists, and street vendors. What more could one ask for in Venice? Oh, I remember... Picture this, it's a cold, cold night in the heart of Tourist-Venice, and you hear a couple straight up fighting and cursing at each other in the middle of the square after the dueling orchestras have finished their heated musical battle of who can play the Four Seasons better. Unfortunately, we missed the show, but we didn't miss the post-game fireworks. All of a sudden in the shadow of Saint Macro's Church, the problems of the day trying to figure out the water bus schedule and missing parts of the itinerary didn't seem so bad. My proverbial hat goes off to you, Mr. "I don't want you all up in my F***'ing face" and Mrs. "Go enjoy the city yourself then!".
Definitely an iconic place in Venice; however, there are so many things you need to be careful of. First, avoid the coffee shops, unless you have a lot of money to waste; you can easily spend 15-20 Euros on a single espresso here. Also stay away of people trying to give you noodles to feed the birds; they seem friendly at first, but upon completing their transaction, they will pester you to give them money. St Mark's is also a good place to see the effect of the tides; at the seashore, you can see the water spilling over thet banks with each wave. In the square, you can see water rising out of the drains at high tide, flooding the entire square.
Beautiful square with heaps of places to eat and shop. St Mark's basilica is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. There are plenty of bargains to be found in and around the square in the small stalls if you want to haggle with the locals for souvenirs. NEVER pay the asking price and always tell them you found it cheaper elsewhere, and without really wven trying you will find they'll knock a few euros off it.
This town RULES! Visited there during Carnivale'. It was chilly, there was a light dusting of snow, chamber music was piped throughout the city and people wearing some very intricate, very colorful costumes. It was an incredible experience. If you ever get the chance...
I mean its a nice place with some nice buildings, but allmost all worth watching buildings are covered in scafoldings as you can imagine, its old and the plce is sinking. No place to sit, no washrooms the restaurants will charge you 25 euros for an expresso. The lines will be 300 feet long, the tours will cost you 20 to 30 euros
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