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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  • Wonderful, wide, inviting, dreamy with her orchestras to bring us to the real world. Must
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  • Large piazza right in front of the Basilica San Marco which is a magnificent structure! The square is lined with many shops and restaurants that have been a part of Venice for many years. Just beware ...  more »
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