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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.

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Private Tour: Venice Day Trip from Florence

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Private Tour: Venice Art and Architecture Walking Tour

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Skip the Line: St Mark's Square Highlights Tour

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