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Piazza San Marco, Venice

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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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  • Such an iconic place to visit. Would avoid the stores and restaurants directly on the square since they are so much more expensive given their rent and there are much better places to eat. Unlike it.....  more
    Such an iconic place to visit. Would avoid the stores and restaurants directly on the square since they are so much more expensive given their rent and there are much better places to eat. Unlike it.....  more »
  • Crowded during the day but not at night. Gorgeous at night. Don't miss it! Live music too! Be aware it floods at high tide. 
    Crowded during the day but not at night. Gorgeous at night. Don't miss it! Live music too! Be aware it floods at high tide.  more »
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  • Visited this place almost three years back while on the Europe trip. And was very excited to visit this place as I saw it many times in movies or documentaries. Reached the place through a ferry. The water colour was sea green and took almost 40 min to reach there. The first word when we reached there was wow. The place is absolutely awesome. It feels like a different world when we see surrounding. It was very crowded but still many things to see. We will get crowd every where but still place is very mesmerizing. At some place u can have fouling smell too. The flee market is also fascinating. The painting available for sale were really amazing. The restaurants were also on the edges where we can enjoy scenes and food. Amazing place to visit.
  • Just amazing!!! Must visit!! Is magic everywhere in the atmosphere, and pure art in any corner. We came for the carnal end of February, so there was a lot of interesting customs and artist acting around the square, just a little bit cold so bring something warm to enjoy without problem. Will come back any time I can.

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