Piazza di San Marco (St. Marks Square)

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Piazza di San Marco (St. Marks Square) Venice Reviews

yarayarinha7 yarayari…
70 reviews
Watch out for pigeon's poop Dec 06, 2012
The biggest land area in Venezia, where you can seat all afternoon and enjoy the sunshine, people watching and relax.

With many monuments around, there's plenty of things to do without having to move far.

I loved the music and street art when I went there.

There are 120,000 pigeons in Venice which is twice the amount of people.

Since 1997 feeding them has been a crime and is punished with a fine of 500 euros. Except in St. Marc's square where 18 licensed sellers of birdseed are permitted.

From May 1 2008 it's over. Feeding the birds is now banned also on St Mark's
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Teetee Teetee
2 reviews
Plus a gondola ride Dec 30, 2011
San Marco Square is the main attraction in Venice so it's a must see. If you can, go inside the basilica. It's details are so amazing! Especially with all it's mosaic tile art walls and ceilings, you won't be disappointed. Check out the upstairs balcony, the view from there is super nice. It's so cool to see the square from a totally different perspective. Also go all the way to the top of the Clock Tower. Unfortunately I didn't get to do that because the line was way too long and the people I was with didn't want to wait, but I'm sure the view from the top makes up for the long wait. Since the Clock Tower is much taller than the Basilica I'm sure the view is 100% better. My favorite part of Venice was the gondola ride, an experience you can only experience in Venice. The only downfall is that it's a little expensive. I went on with 6 other people and we each had to put in about $40. If you're going to Venice with only one or two other people and don't want to spend so much money on the gondola ride, you could always team up with other people (strangers) to split the cost. Definitely go on the gondola ride though, it's exciting and soothing at the same time, you won't regret it, it's worth every penny. I hope you enjoy your time in Venice! =)
San Marco's Square + Gondola Ride
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HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
Plan, plan, plan! Mar 14, 2011
Well, visitng Venice is a MUST and I'm not sure I woulda been able to find St. Mark's Square without a headache if I hadn't gone with someone who had been several times. It's a bunch of turns, one after another after another.

The Square is magnificent beyond description. You have to go and see it for yourself. We wanted to go to Murano, but it was closed the day we went. I was less enthused about buying the glass as I was seeing in seeing how it was blown.

If you want to visit some of the places around the Square, you MUST get there super early or go with an organized tour as the line is insanely long. Some organized tours get to skip the line, but upon arrival in the square, the massive crowds at the entrance looked like one big massive mess.

Housing in Venice can be insane and you be better off staying on the mainland and taking the train in. Stopping for a small snack isn't too expensive; I had some pasta and it wasn't super authentic-I could have gotten that elsewhere, so make sure your hope aren't too high.

The pigeons are gross (refer to pics)
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taberd1983 says:
Was your boyfriend at Vicenza? Venice is so beautiful. I was there near Christmas and the buildings on the canal were decorated with lights...it was magnificient!
Posted on: Aug 23, 2010
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Iconic Apr 04, 2011
Piazza San Marco has to be the most famous piazza in Venice. With the canal just a few metres away, and key sights such as Palazzo Ducal and Campanile standing on the fringes of the piazza, this serves as a great base for sightseeing in Venice. The piazza houses some very expensive cafes and expensive boutique style shops. Whatever time of the day you are here, the piazza is bound to be very busy. However, if you can, make the time to visit just an hour or two before sunset as the light levels in the area are fantastic. A great place for walking and soaking up the stereotypical grandeur and decadence of Venice.
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roadwarden roadward…
2 reviews
SAN MARCO Apr 05, 2011
WoW Venice is a life changing experience.

San Marco and Venice as a whole is truly a live changing experience.

Venice was one of the few places I was ever glad I got lost.

It's Disneylands Pirates of the Carribean ride in real life.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Great square Oct 09, 2010
In a city that is renowned for its canals, Venice does some great places where you can walk too! Piazza San Marco is one of them. It’s a great square to walk around and serves as the walkway for many of Venice’s key sites such as St Mark’s Basilica, St Mark’s Campanile and the Palazzo Ducale.

The square is beautifully paved and also allows you to get to the canal and the cafes which are situated nearby. My only reservation about the place is that as it is at the lowest point in Venice, it is prone to the worst of the flooding.

If you come to Venice, by all means, enjoy the waterways. However, in terms of the cool and exciting places to walk around, this must be the square that is at the top of the list.
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sarahsan says:
Didn´t know they had one there Carlos!
Posted on: Aug 04, 2011
montecarlostar says:
Hahahahaha for some reason I knew you'd say that ;)
Posted on: Jan 04, 2011
Vipin says:
of all the things to be looking for in Venice :D
Posted on: Jan 04, 2011
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Stunning views Oct 09, 2010
Located right next door to St Mark’s Basilica is St Mark's Campanile, which acts as the bell tower for the basilica. Although it was completed around the fifteenth century, it collapsed in 1902 and was reconstructed a few years later. The tower must serve as one of Venice’s most iconic and recognisable buildings.

It is possible to go up to the top for an entrance fee of 8 euros. You get taken up in the lift in small groups, and can spend as much time up in the tower as you want. The views are incredible and you get to see everything in so much detail. I really liked seeing the bell too, which anyone hardly looks at!

If you are in Venice, this has to be one of the must-see places while you are there. The panoramic views are worth every cent!
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Vipin says:
i remember that! on top of that they are a tad annoying too!!
Posted on: Aug 11, 2011
austin37335 says:
I couldn't agree more it's definitely a must-see. If you can be there on the hour they ring the bells right there above your head. Quite deafening but quite brilliant too!
Posted on: Aug 11, 2011
Vipin says:
it's a deal!
Posted on: Jan 04, 2011
ejstravels ejstrave…
18 reviews
St. Marcos Square Apr 17, 2009
Obviously this is a must do when in Venice. Though it is free to be in the square, everything around it is certainly not. But still, it is the most beautiful city in the Western World.
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X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
Jul 08, 2007
I felt that the best way to see this wonderful site was to do it at night. I knew the reputation of the pigeons. Because everyone feeds them they have no fear, in fact they feel that if you don’t feed them they should pester you. Either way, daylight hours in this magnificent area is crowded with people and pigeons. At night, many of the people are gone and ALL of the pigeons too!

After a wonderful dinner close by we strolled and listened to wonderful music, which was offered at various locations around the square. Most included a piano and violins and some offered an accordion as well. The architecture of the Byzantine Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the clock tower were all amazing. I still regret leaving my camera at the hotel.
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wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 08, 2007
St Mark's Square is the English name of the Italian called Piazza San Marco, a gathering place just right located at the central landmark of Venice.

This could be the largest peice of playground you can find in Venice. Many piegons were hungry looking for theleft over food from the tourists.
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realrv6 realrv6
63 reviews
One of the most beautiful squares in the world. Dec 30, 2006
Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's Square) is the heart of Venice. It’s the only square of the city and absolutely one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

It is dominated by the St Mark’s Basilica. The most famous church of Venice, constructed in 828. The elegance of the arcades and other surrounding buildings is particular. But what the square really unique makes is the opening to the lagoon with the campanile (99 meter tall) on one side and the wonderful Doge's Palace, which is even older than the basilica, at the other. The Carnival of Venice, one of the most important in the world, is held here.

I spend New Year’s Eve 2007 in here. Wonderful!
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The Doge's Palace
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Piazza San Marco
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realrv6 says:
U really should Joanne. It's a wonderful city.
Posted on: Oct 28, 2010
ahintofvanilla says:
Thanks! I plan to include Venice in my Europe trip next year :)
Posted on: Oct 27, 2010
realrv6 says:
I love this city too... Unique.
Posted on: Oct 27, 2010
mn4262 mn4262
39 reviews
Dec 29, 2006
Piazza San Marco è l'unica piazza di Venezia (in quanto tutte le altre strutture urbanistiche a forma di piazza sono propriamente definite campi, ad esclusione di Piazzale Roma). È la più celebre meta turistica della città.

Racchiusa fra le vecchie e nuove procuratie, ha uno sviluppo architettonico di rara suggestione e dà sul complesso monumentale della omonima basilica con, appena prospiciente, lo svettante campanile di San Marco.
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bummynat bummynat
4 reviews
Jun 22, 2006
If you're in Venice, one place that every tourist has to go to and take pictures at is Piazza di San Marco. I wouldn't recommend buying birdfeed and letting pigeons sit on you, but that may be because birds scare me. I would recommend wearing closed-toe shoes when visiting the piazza since the ground is green with bird droppings.Definitely visit the basilica, a great example of Byzantine architecture. However, try to absorb as much as possible because of the hordes of people inside, and the guards like to keep the crowd moving at a quick pace.If I could go back to Piazza di San Marco, I'd definitely like to grab an outdoor table at one of the cafes. It's a huge piazza that offers a lot of people watching.
That dot in the sky is a pigeon fl…
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travelman727 says:
Your review is right on the money!
Posted on: Jul 16, 2006
Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jun 23, 2006
The most impressive thing to me about Piazza di San Marco was the carpet of pigeons. Any architectural or historical significance was obliterated in my mind by my stupid wonder at this airborne army of rats. They are completely unafraid of humans and quite possibly the boldest pigeons I have ever encountered. Feed the pigeons -- if you dare!!!
Piazza di San Marco.
Unlawful tenants.
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jefferson66 jefferso…
1 reviews
Jun 23, 2006
The Piazza is a definite must see if you're in Venice. I took my chances with the pigeons (see picture) but if you have any fear of birds or are claustrophobic, don't do it. I was literally covered in pigeons instantly (you can buy little bags of pigeon food from the cart), and they are relentless. Great for pictures, tho....
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aelder2259 says:
Buy bird feed was the best Euro I spent in the Piazza!
Posted on: Mar 01, 2009
Africancrab Africanc…
773 reviews
Outstanding Monuments Aug 24, 1998
This is the place to be in Venice. To see the Basilica of St. Mark, the Grand canal, go on a gondola ride, eat at the many restaurants, see the many monuments, people watch, meet other travelers, dine with the locals and quite simply enjoy the work of art that the entire Square is made of.

There are thousands of pigeons to see, you can not feed them though, we found out feeding them was outlawed only the year before we were there (1997)

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.
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