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

St. Mark's Square | 31024 Venice
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  • Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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St. Mark's Square, or Piazza San Marco, is considered by many to be the heart of Venice. As the largest square in Venice, St. Mark's Square is the only "piazza" in the city. All other squares are campi's, or campielli. Lining the square are historical sites including St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Campanile and Doge's Palace. Visitors will also be met with throngs of tourists, pigeons and vendors selling kitschy souvenirs such as gondola hats.

You can also find a number of restaurants, ideal for wine sipping and people watching, lining the piazza's perimeter. Restaurant prices tend to run high, but some travelers insist the ambience is worth it. Others, however, were highly disappointed with the teeming piazza, calling it a tourist trap. You should be able to avoid the heaviest crowds by visiting in the late afternoon or evening.

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