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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

Experience the timeless charm of Venice’s glorious heart, home to the city’s most famous cultural icons, many cafés ... and several thousand pigeons.

Step into Venice’s most famous square and expect to be impressed by the opulence of St. Mark’s Basilica, the towering Campanile, and the gothic façade of the Doge’s Palace. This lively hub has been the focal point for Venetian life for over 10 centuries. Enjoy a drink in one of the cafés under the colonnaded arcade that lines the square or visit its most iconic buildings.

The large, open space in crowded Venice is known by locals simply as El Piazza. Visit at various times of day to get experience the piazza’s ever-changing appeal. See the beautiful colors of the sunrise at dawn, join in the bustle during the day and savor the romantic atmosphere in the evening.

The façade of the 11th-century St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) immediately draws your attention with its high arches, gold and marble décor and carved figures. To the right of it stands Venice’s landmark bell tower, the Campanile. Climb to the top or stand back and listen for the ring of the Torre dell’Orologio on the hour. Two bronze figures strike the bells as they have done for over five centuries.

Another common sound is the cooing of the pigeons that flock here in search of food, even though feeding the pigeons is no longer allowed.

Look for the two columns that mark the traditional entrance to the city in the southeast corner. On top, the figures of St. Mark and St. Theodore keep a watchful eye over the lagoon on which Venice was built.

Numerous cafés offer cappuccinos and open-air dining, with prices often higher than the rest of the city. As evening falls and the crowds disperse, find a table at a café and listen to musicians perform while you enjoy a glass of wine. Be aware that sitting at a table, rather than standing at the bar, will add to your bill.

St. Mark’s Square, in the San Marco district, backs on to the Grand Canal and is easily reached by vaporetto (water bus) or on foot. At high tide during the cooler months the square can get flooded, but raised walking platforms still make a visit possible.


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H10 Palazzo Canova $150
H10 Palazzo Canova

H10 Palazzo Canova

San Polo - Via Riva del Vin 744, Venice, VE
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in San Polo, this luxury hotel is steps from Teatro Goldoni, Grand Canal, and Rialto Bridge. St. Mark's Basilica and St. Mark's Square are also within 10 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 18 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Saturnia & International $177
    Hotel Saturnia & International

    Hotel Saturnia & International

    San Marco 2398 - Via XXII Marzo, Venice, VE
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in San Marco, this luxury hotel is steps from Santa Maria del Giglio, La Fenice Opera House, and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica are also within 10 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 28 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Savoia & Jolanda $80
      Hotel Savoia & Jolanda

      Hotel Savoia & Jolanda

      Riva Degli Schiavoni 4187, Venice, VE
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Castello, this hotel is steps from Riva degli Schiavoni, Bridge of Sighs, and Doge's Palace. St. Mark's Basilica and Grand Canal are also within 10 minutes.

        Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione $150
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        Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione

        San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in San Marco, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Basilica. St. Mark's Square and St Mark's Campanile are also within 5 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 23 minutes by foot.

          Rosa Salva Hotel $128
          Rosa Salva Hotel

          Rosa Salva Hotel

          San Marco 951, Calle Fiubera, Venice
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in San Marco, this property is steps from St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, and St Mark's Campanile. La Fenice Opera House and Rialto Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 25 minutes by foot.

            Ca' Foscolo Residence $120
            Ca' Foscolo Residence

            Ca' Foscolo Residence

            Castello 5526 - Campo De La Fava, Venice, VE
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Venice residence is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Rialto Bridge, Teatro Goldoni, and St. Mark's Square. La Fenice Opera House and Academy Gallery are also within 15 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 22 minutes by foot.

              Hotel Concordia $125
              Hotel Concordia

              Hotel Concordia

              Calle San Marco 367, Venice, VE
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Venice hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Riva degli Schiavoni, St. Mark's Square, and St. Mark's Basilica. Bridge of Sighs and Grand Canal are also within 5 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 26 minutes by foot.

                Ruzzini Palace Hotel $102
                Ruzzini Palace Hotel

                Ruzzini Palace Hotel

                Castello 5866, Venice, VE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Venice hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Marco Polo's Home and St. Mark's Square. Grand Canal and Bridge of Sighs are also within 10 minutes. Venice Santa Lucia Station is 25 minutes by foot.