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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  • They were setting up stuff for the carnival so the square wasn't completely clear and part of it was cordoned off. Still, worth being there early in the morning or around sunset.  more »
  • The Piazza is amazing but know that you will pay a premium for sitting at one of yhe cafes as they charge an additional fee for sitting. You pay less if you stand further back or are inside.  more »
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