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- 98%History Buffs
- 89%Art & Design Lovers
- 87%Local Culture
- 74%Family Travelers
- 61%Luxury Travelers
- 58%Outdoor Enthusiasts
User Reviews (154 Reviews)
- Piazza San MarcoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 1Feb 28, 2014
Piazza San Marco is the central place in Venice and one of the number one sightseeing destinations. It's a huge square where there is the St. Mark's Basilica and it's tower. There are also a lot of (expensive) restaurants and (expensive) cafes around - and don't forget to feed some pigeons!
- Piazza San MarcoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Feb 11, 2014
The main square in Venice is Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square). It is flanked by St. Mark's Basilica, along with an array of shops, cafes, offices and alleys. It's a tourist trap with a lot of history. The Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio) was completed in 1499. Lions are featured throughout the square as it is one of the most recognized the symbols of Venice. Caffè Florian has been in business since 1720 and is located here. Caffè Quadri is located across the plaza.
When the tide rises, they set out platforms for people to walk on. No joke. Venice floods in the winter. These platforms are at least 3 feet off the ground. On the day we were there, some of the platforms were stacked up but as it continued to sprinkle, they started putting the platforms out. It's kind of interesting to see how they deal with rising water. Not to mention the city is slowly sinking. It's definitely something to see while in Venice.
- Piazza San MarcoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Dec 20, 2013
No one comes to Venice and not come to Saint Mark's Square. It is evident by the constant flow of picture taking visitors…myself included.
- Piazza San MarcoAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 09, 2013
Although extremely crowded, strolling through Piazza di San Marco is a must. Highly recommended to go early in the morning to take it all in without the craziness that takes over the square in the afternoon. I was in awe when I saw only 2 people at 8:30 am. Bizarre and delightful at the same time.
- Piazza San MarcoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 26, 2013
On Christmas Eve 2008 my wife and I were able to get seats for Midnight Mass at San Marco. It was a rare opportunity to see the interior of that gorgeous catheral at night with the candles lit and the golden ceiling dimly gleaming. Living in Istanbul at that time we had a unique appreciation for San Marco in that the cathedral represents so much of Byzantine art and architecture. The golden frescoes, the relics pilfered from Constantinople during the 4th Crusade--Venice is the only real Byzantine city in Italy.
- Piazza San MarcoMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
Even when partially submerged, Piazza San Marco, a.k.a. St Mark's Square is quintessentially Italian (despite the massive influx of tourists). Sipping a cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe where the sound of human voices prevail over motorized traffic and enjoying the view of St. Mark's Cathedral, you'll realize you have absolutely no problem with having bought the most expensive cappuccino of your life.
- Piazza San MarcoOct 24, 2013
As Venice slowly starts fulfilling its ominous prophecy of sinking underwater, I count my lucky stars that I have been able to visit this city twice. Once, Piazza San Marco was dry as a bone; another time, raised boards were set up across the cobblestone so visitors could avoid the 3 inches of water that filled the square. I was glad to see it both times, since it was interesting to see how expertly the locals functioned with the sporadic water levels and how this truly was a city revolving around water.
Despite the grumbles about health concerns, I say go for it and buy the pigeon feed. One of my favorite family photos to come out of a trip is my brother covered in pigeons, feathers flying everywhere.
- Piazza San MarcoOct 19, 2013
Despite the crowds and all, I love waking up in Venice and strolling into the Piazza San Marco. It's so alive and so magnificent. Sitting at the cafes there at night is breathtaking. The Basilica looks almost like a painting in the dark. I highly recommend sitting down at Caffe Quaddri for some wine and Caprese salad.
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Aliases: San Marco Square, Piazza di San Marco