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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

Open daily 24hrs
Piazza San Marco, Venice, 31024

The Basics

Located at the center of Venice, St. Mark’s Square is the perfect hub around which to plan your walking tour of Venice. It is just steps from the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and its famous Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal, and the Riva walk along the waterfront. The piazza is home to a number of palaces and sculptures by the Renaissance sculptor and architect Sansovino, so a private or small-group guided tour is key to fully appreciating its rich Venetian Gothic art and architecture.

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
US$93,24 per adult
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Flooding didn’t stop our awesome tour.
So The square and the basilica flooded the afternoon of our tour but our guide, Marie-Therese still managed to give us an excellent tour. She is very knowledgeable about all of the history, architecture and art and she was a very engaging tour guide. She even added extra little tidbits that made the experience even more enjoyable.
Janet_P, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Perfect Day tour
Thomas_W, Aug 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Great tour with a lot of information. We even got a private gondola because of covid 19. We can recommend the tour.
star-5
Perfect way to get to know Venice.
Sarah_H, Oct 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Perfect way to get to know Venice on our first day. Our guide, Mosé, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and he filled the day with interesting information as well as personal stories and anecdotes - I would highly recommend.
star-5
Amazing tour!
Sara_M, Oct 2021
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
Fantastic day!!! Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, and fun to spend the day with. Real professionals. I’d highly recommend as a great way to cut the lines and see the “must do’s” within Venice in short order but also with a good amount of depth. The gondola ride was also a lot of fun!
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The tour guide was very...
Carlos_A, Sep 2021
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour. She was excellent.
star-5
Do not miss this tour!
Matthew_M, Oct 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Martina was one of the best parts of our vacation! She was so knowledgeable, engaging, and funny. We learned so much about Venice and saw so many beautiful sites. Just take this tour! You won't regret it.
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Venice in a day!
Alec_M, Oct 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
I wish we remembered our tour guides name because she was amazing! Extremely knowledgeable and fun experience. We took the gondola ride even though it rained and still had a blast. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Wonderful.
Matthew_S, Jun 2021
Great Venice St Mark's Square & Doge's Palace Guided Tour for Kids & Families
Lucia was a fantastic guide! My kids loved it. Lucia was informative and entertaining, my kids were engaged and she provided great information about the sites.
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Our tour guide Nicolette...
Janet_S, Sep 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Our tour guide Nicolette was wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable and made sure everyone was having a good time.
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History lesson with a Gondola ride
Michael_W, Aug 2021
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
Grace was a lovely guide during our 6+ hour excursion. Her knowledge of the Doge and palace was extensive. The 25ish minute gondola ride was the perfect length, and it was fun to have a view of the city from the canals. Overall we had a great experience.
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It was so informative
robinbancroft, Sep 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
I loved her knowledge of everything. Also she remembered everyone in the groups name. Any question we asked she answered and if she did not know she found out
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Our first visit to Beautiful Venice!
Roving334030, Mar 2019
Piazza San Marco: Doge's Palace & Basilica guided tour
We had an amazing time touring the city, our guide was excellent and we learned so much about this beautiful city, that it is a must to visit!
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A Good Experience
, Jul 2018
Venice: Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco guided tour
The visit was very well coordinated and managed. The guide Monica was very good in her communication, explaining clearly the history behind each painting or monument. The pace was a leisure one with not making everyone hurry. The only issue was since it was Sunday, we were not able to enter St. Mark's Church which they should have informed earlier. So guys dont do the visit on Sundays!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • You can climb to the top of the square’s clock tower, but prebook skip-the-line access to avoid a long wait.

  • Kids love to feed and chase the pigeons that flock to the center of this family-friendly piazza.

  • The main square connects to the smaller piazzetta square, which is flanked by the Doge’s Palace and the St. Mark’s library (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana), and opens out onto the Grand Canal.

  • St. Mark’s Square is the focal point of Venice’s lavish Carnival celebrations every February.

  • Although often crowded, the flat square is easily accessible for strollers and those with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

St. Mark’s Square is located along Venice’s Grand Canal. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is San Marco–San Zaccaria.

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When to Get There

St. Mark’s Square is an open-air square, so the area is best enjoyed during the milder months of the year. Summer brings the largest crowds to the piazza, but overall, Venice is relatively quiet from November through February.

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Flooding at St. Mark’s Square

Venice sits at sea level on the Adriatic, so when tides are especially high during winter, the city is often flooded. St. Mark’s Square is one of the lowest parts of the city center, and when acqua alta, or high water, hits, Venice sets up elevated walkways so locals and visitors can cross the piazza without getting wet.

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