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Piazza San Marco, Venice

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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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  • Not really......we arrived after sunset and had a walk around. There are 3 Cafes which have a musical ensemble to entertain their punters. 2 are on one side of the square and 1 is on the other. The... 
    Not really......we arrived after sunset and had a walk around. There are 3 Cafes which have a musical ensemble to entertain their punters. 2 are on one side of the square and 1 is on the other. The...  more »
  • A visit to Venice would hardly be complete without this being a first stop and the people watching is magnificent. You can certainly just stroll the area for pictures but treat yourself to a coffee... 
    A visit to Venice would hardly be complete without this being a first stop and the people watching is magnificent. You can certainly just stroll the area for pictures but treat yourself to a coffee...  more »
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  • A very lively city center. It is brightly lit up at night with outdoor dining, music performances (with a grand piano, cello etc). I don’t know about past midnight, but this square is very lively throughout the day. In the day time there are a bunch of tourists clicking pictures, and walking towards the ferry, or standing in line to enter the St Mark Building
  • Venice is an incredible city to explore. As a wedding photographer I found it intriguing. The presence of large crowds in most areas required patience and seizing opportunity from moment to moment to get clear backgrounds. Give yourself plenty of time to see the place properly and to get into the quieter areas away from the usual tourist path.

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