Piazza San Marco

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There are a few sights that you have to see in your life; a few things you must experience. Venice’s Piazza San Marco is one of these. Napoleon was not wrong when he called this square Europe’s most beautiful drawing room.

Visit during the day to experience the crowds of people and the famous flocks of pigeons. See the beautiful Torre dell’Orologio, with its blue face and zodiac signs. Visit at night and enjoy an espresso at Cafe Florian, the oldest coffee house in Europe. Kiss your lover while couples nearby dance to the music of the various cafe orchestras.

Beyond the beauty of the square itself, three of Venice’s significant tourist stops cluster around the Piazza San Marco: The Duomo San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, and the Campinile.

Ascending the square's Campinile will afford will afford you a bird's eye view of the red rooftops of La Serinissima, the serene one. Claim a spot at one of the windows on the first Sunday in September and watch the start of the historic regatta on the grand canal.

Descend and join the tourists in St Mark’s basilica. The mosaics of tiny gold squares are incredible, and the treasury of relics interesting.

The Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s palace) was the seat of secular power in Venice, where each elected leader of the city state lived and ruled. Tour the elaborate but empty residential portion, then cross the Ponte di Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) and descend into the prisons before returning to the square.
St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

Venice, Italy, 30124


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