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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  • Impressive square with so much to see all around. A part of the surrounding buildings was being restored and due to Corona it wasn’t busy at all. Nevertheless it was awesome walking over this famous....  more »
  • Great to witness its beauty in quieter times. Lovely in the day, at dusk and in the evening. Amazing architecture on show all round.  more »
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