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St. Mark's Square, Venice

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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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  • I was awe struck upon first seeing the basilica. Just stunning! The 4 horses on top of the church are not the original. You have to take the tour that goes to the top in order to see the real things.  more »
  • We walked around the square after seeing the Basilica di San Marco. It is a bustling tourist hub with shops and restaurants. Fun people watching with a glass of wine.  more »
  • Great to see during the day, but really busy and hot. Come back at night when it empties out and cools off and enjoy a drink or a gelato. There were three bands playing in the square at night and it w...  more »
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  • Great place visit anytime in Venice. Live music (with cover charge) at restaurants on the square is lovely. Museum, basilica and Doge palace and clock tower are all places to go to while in Venice. Stay away from aggressive street vendors and folks with roses if coming with wife/girlfriend -very will give her the rose and then chase you for payment.
  • For me, it was the most impressive view I had in Europe so far. The Cathedral is a masterpiece from the inside and outside, and the Venetian tower is really huge. I highly recommend going all the way up the tower (around 8€), I am sure you will be amazed with the breathtaking view of this city!
  • This is one of the top public squares in Europe. Of course its very busy and crowded. And of course there are plenty of shops to visit and buy souvenirs, but this is also the place to see St Marks magnificent church and bell tower. Take a break and sit in one of the cafes and splurge for an espresso and people watch. Memorable at best
  • Very busy and the top tourist attraction of Venice. Best to visit and enjoy this lovely later in the day when it's quiet and also so beautiful when lit up. The prices to have a coffee here are ridiculous expensive up to 16 euros for a coffee. However each cafe has its own small orchestra which is a beautiful addition to the whole experience.
  • Major city square with a famous cathedral and luxury goods shops around it. Very busy, has its own security. Sitting only allowed on the public benches, which look like tables. Restaurants with live music are competing for tourists on each side of the square. Weather damage has stained the stone black, which gave it a dilapidated feeling. Still a must see due to its history.