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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  • I highly recommend to take a pause and feel the atmosphere of the place that has witnessed so much history and human emotions. As a street photographer, I found this place an amazing arena of...  more »
  • We visited in july 2020 and was very nice, there was no crowd, clean and only few pigeons. Corona virus did the thing, but for visit Venice with no crowd is very nice. Also the prices dropped by more....  more »

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