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  • Address: Piazza San Marco
  • Hours: Open daily 24hrs
  • Admission: Free

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St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) is filled with centuries of history and is still the symbolic heart of Venice; it has even been referred to as the drawing room of Europe. With the grand St Mark's Church at one end, the Campanile bell tower rising in the middle and the elegant colonnaded arcade of famous cafes on three sides, it is a wonderful place to be - and the hundreds of pigeons think so too. 

Sit and have coffee (you'll only be able to afford one) and watch the whole world pass by while a tuxedoed band plays. Then plunge north into the narrow streets full of shops leading towards the Rialto Bridge, or west into the city's pocket of high fashion designer stores finishing with an extremely expensive Bellini at Harry's Bar, the place that invented the peach/champagne drink. Alternately, head out of San Marco to the east and stroll the waterfront on the Riva.

Practical Info

Piazza San Marco is the heart of Venice. Many vaporetto (ferries) stop there, at Vallaresso/S. Marco. When you're walking in the maze of Venice streets, look up and you'll regularly see arrows pointing to San Marco.

Tours & Tickets

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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

4 star rating: Recommended 969 Reviews

Skip the line at St Mark’s Basilica and explore St Mark’s Square and lesser-known Venice on this 2-hour walking tour. Stroll around St Mark’s Square as your ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.28

Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 143 Reviews

Venice is like an open-air museum, and for first-time visitors this one-hour highlights walk of St. Mark's Square is a must. The tour focuses on grandeur of ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.28

Private Tour: Venice Art and Architecture Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Discover the incomparable art and architecture of Venice on a private walking tour with your very own guide. You'll focus on areas of architectural and ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.48

Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 107 Reviews

Enjoy skip-the-line access to two top Venice attractions — Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica — on tours led by an expert local guide, and see the city’s ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.53
$96.15 Save $9.62

Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 142 Reviews

See Venice sights by land and water on this small-group Venice sightseeing tour. After a water taxi ride down the Grand Canal, enjoy a Venice walking tour, ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $96.71
$107.46 Save $10.75

Venice Super Saver: Skip-the Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours, Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 418 Reviews

Experience the highlights of Venice on a full-day sightseeing tour that combines three best-selling Venice tours at a discount of ten percent! The ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $128.95
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Private Tour: Venice Day Trip from Florence

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Get to know magical Venice on this private day trip from Florence. With a private driver, travel to the beautiful city and begin with a 2-hour private walking ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $207.84

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