Piazza San Marco, Venice

4.4
Must see · Historic Walking Area · Landmark
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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  • 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 »
  • A lovely square to visit. The coffee shops were ridiculously overpriced eg:€20 for a coffee so a big no for eating or drinking there. A lot of the shops not open and the building very run down.  more »

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