San Marco Square
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Piazza San Marco

Follow the flow of traffic through the streets of Venice, you’ll inevitably wind up at this beautiful piazza


Time Out says

What is it and why is it famous?

Piazza San Marco is the social hub of Venice, and its most famous iconic landmark. The view stretches out across the Venice Lagoon, dotted with bouncing gondolas and surrounded by palazzos, museums and cafés. We Venetians meet here for aperitivo and coffee; tourists meet here for selfies. 

Is it worth visiting?

Missing Piazza San Marco is like going to Rome and not seeing the Colosseum. It’s impossible, as nearly all the Ca’ and calle (the traditional alleys) lead here. And if you happen to visit in February, you’ll find the masked Carnival revellers from around the world gather in their bright costumes. 

What is there to do on San Marco Square?

Other than sitting at an outdoor café sipping an espresso and admiring the busy Canal Grande, the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica is a must-see. There’s also Venice’s archaeological museum and the Museo Correr with historical antiquities, plus Doges’ Palace in the far corner.

Where should I eat nearby? 

Osteria Enoteca San Marco, a few steps from the piazza, serves traditional dishes and is also a wine bar. For a quick brunch there’s the lavish Caffé Florian, one of the oldest coffee houses in Italy.

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Piazza San Marco
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