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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.
Tours to Piazza San Marco
$104 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
$47 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
Duration: 2 hours
$95 BOOK WITH VIATOR Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Duration: 3 hours
$107 BOOK WITH VIATOR St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Duration: 90 to 210 minutes
$67 BOOK WITH VIATOR Byzantine Venice Walking tour & Saint Mark's Basilica
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
$128 BOOK WITH VIATOR Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours
Duration: 4 hours
Piazza San Marco reviews
August 2021 blessed us with fewer tourists so we truly could enjoy the square without large crowds. However many little bars were closed due to Covid. more »
No i didn't go to Florian cafeteria to pay double digit amount for a refreshment. Very big Piazza (the only one which called "Piazza" in Venice). With many many tourists. Certainly worth a walk! 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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