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 much to say about the square other than that it is very pretty! We came during Carnevale, so it was jam packed, but still pretty. There are a lot of souvenir shops and restaurants surrounding the....  more »
  • We went over New Years. It will be one of the most memorable trips ever. There is history and architecture for me, shopping and nightlife for the younger members of the family. Italy over the...  more »

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