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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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Tours to Piazza San Marco
$102 BOOK WITH VIATOR Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour
Duration: 3 hours
$24 BOOK WITH VIATOR Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
$46 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
Duration: 2 hours
$93 BOOK WITH VIATOR Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Duration: 3 hours
$105 BOOK WITH VIATOR St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Duration: 90 to 210 minutes
$133 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours
Duration: 4 hours
$66 BOOK WITH VIATOR Byzantine Venice Walking tour & Saint Mark's Basilica
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Piazza San Marco reviews
This is the place that always floods so was happy to be hear during the dry season. Try and avoid October through March as that is when it mostly floods. The story behind the pigeons is fascinating. more »
When in Venice you must take it a walk through the piazza. It is an amazing place to get some great photos and watch the people. more »
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.
You say Venice and the fist thing that comes to the mind is this square. Amazing, elegant, sober. It is incredible how the whole square has a coherent architectural style despite the fact that the building that surround it have been built in very different ages. You can't miss it.
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