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Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco, Venice 30124 Italy
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    The main piazza in Venice on the south end near to the center of the island along the grad canal near to all the cities main attractions.

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    I guess we're in the minority, but we've visited Piazza San Marco twice over the years. It's great if you like hordes of tourists, pigeons galore, over-priced restaurants, competing bands, and shops selling nothing but masks and glass. The architecture is amazing & we have been told that it's best explored in the evening, but until we escaped to the quieter parts of Venice, we never understood the attraction of Venice itself. Blech!

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    The Piazza San Marco is beautiful and the gem of Venice. There was considerable renovations underway when I last visited in 2011. I am sure it is looking beautiful now

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    This is a remarkable square, with a lot of people here, though I will say we were here in late October, and it probably wasn't as crowded as it could have been. The fact that the Dogges palace was being remodeled perhaps muted the square a bit, but it was still great being here.

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    Piazza San Marco is very big - the magical city of Venice. There's time on your own to join the optional activities on offer or to explore the labyrinth of streets and canals.

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    Piazzo San Marco was once called "the finest dining room of Europe" by Napoleon. What it is is a large square where people gather to look at the beautiful structures and touristy restaurants. Beware of pickpocketers. That said, go ahead and do the touristy thing if it's your first time here and wander over. It's cool to see history.

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    Piazza San Marco is inevitable if you visit Venice. The piazza pulses with tourists even in the rain.

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    Yes, Piazza San Marco is indeed the "Drawing Room of Europe" and a great place to gaze at the Church of San Marcos, the Doges Palace (we took a tour this time around), the Clock Tower, the Campanile, and Napoleon's hand in Plaza building and the returned collared that were previously spirited away to France. Erin, Jim, Gayle and I also spent a most pleasant evening listening to the pop orchestras while seated at one of those overpriced cafes. p.s. - It was worth it.

    I've been here before, in fact every trip I've made to Venice over the years must include a visit to the Piazza San Marco. I learn a little history, feel I couldn't have learned more, and come and go as I explore other parts of Venice. At the same time, I'm not a fan of the crowds, the pigeons, or the huge advertising banners in and out of the Plaza. The bonus this time around was the chance to see part of the Plaza complex from a boat both at sunrise and sunset.

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    Magic. YOu must spend 1/2 day here. See San Marcos Bascilica, The Campanelle, The San Marcos Clock, Sit in one of many cafes bordering the Square and listen to the battle of the bands while sipping a fine Italian Wine and eating some homemade pasta.

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    The Piazza San Marco is the dominant public square in Venice. It is anchored down by the San Marco's Basillica. You will find many restaurants on the square's perimiter, but I would caution you to avoid these places if you would, because some of them are known to be tourist traps.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    beautiful place! Although avoid having any beverage at Piazza San Marco, as the bill can be quite surprising!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Go there to say you've been. But other than first thing in the morning, don't expect to see a lot. Especially when all the liners are in.

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Certainly the most famous piazza in Venice, and perhaps in all of Italy, Piazza San Marco is a marvel of beauty and history. Stepping into the piazza may feel overwhelming, though it's only ~175 meters in length, it certainly feels much more expansive. Be sure to check out the Basilica di San Marco, the clock tower, and the columns of Venice's patron saints while you're here. On a pleasant day, hundreds of pigeons flock to this piazza to bother tourists and feed on their scraps and generosity. As the sun falls, the piazza becomes a surreal blur of lights and sounds as the columns and halls that line the piazza turn on their warm white lights and the string quartets tune their instruments in anticipation of a night of mellow performances.

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Aliases: San Marco Square, Piazza di San Marco