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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
$86 BOOK WITH VIATOR Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Piazza San Marco reviews
Beautiful piazza - when we visited relatively empty which was both amazing and sad. I had seen this piazza several times previously with hordes of tourists, but this time because of COVID19 people... more »
This is on everyone's bucket list and it does not disappoint. We were "lucky" in that we visited during Covid, so it was not as overrun as usual. Early morning and late afternoon are amongst the best.... 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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