San Marco

Venice
San Marco featuring kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek
One of Venice’s most iconic sights is known all over the world for its historic square, cathedral and surrounding shops and cafés.

Look out over the pigeon-packed square and long arcades beneath the towers and crosses topping St. Mark’s Square, the central attraction in the sestiere (district) of San Marco. Being here is an unforgettably peaceful experience, unlike others you will encounter in Italy or Europe. Wander through the open spaces of the square and enjoy this beautiful scene.

Spend hours studying the fine details of St. Mark’s Basilica, the cathedral on the eastern end of St. Mark’s Square. Its Byzantine exterior dazzles with its manifold arches and gold trim. Inside are some of the most decadent gold leaf paintings of any cathedral, which together symbolize central tenets of Christian iconography. Their beauty is so widely recognized that they have even served as the basis of scientific studies about the biology of artistic appreciation.

Another important attraction in San Marco is Doge’s Palace. Built for the Doge of Venice, the chief magistrate of the former Republic of Venice, today the site serves as a preeminent example of Venetian-Gothic architecture and houses an art museum. Take your time perusing the many chambers of this building, the design of which has been widely imitated throughout the world.

As is the case with most of Venice, San Marco is densely packed with elaborate Baroque churches. In particular, be sure to visit the Chiesa di San Salvatore, which sports a cannonball in one of its columns left behind after a skirmish with Austrian forces.

Before you leave, have a dry martini at the famous Harry’s Bar, a truly expatriate experience. This place has served as the favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Philippe de Rothschild and many others. Also try two Italian treats that were invented here, the carpaccio meat dish and the Bellini prosecco cocktail.

While all of Venice is a marvel, San Marco is a wonder set right in the heart of the city. Allow enough time to explore the special treats of this perfectly European sestiere.


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Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Montecarlo
3 out of 5
Calle Specchieri 463 San Marco, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is $103 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (942 reviews)
"Close to all key sites to visit snd for shopping. Free breakfast was good."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

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Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
4 out of 5
Piazza San Marco 1107, Calle del Cavalletto, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is $162 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 28
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (946 reviews)
"LOCATION!!! Beautiful views, friendly staff, air conditioned rooms!"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

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Venezia Palazzo Barocci
Venezia Palazzo Barocci
4.5 out of 5
San Marco. Corte dell'Albero 3878/A, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is $252 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 27
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
"The hotel sits on the main canal in San Marco. Beautiful property, modern rooms in a 1200 year old city. Everything is within a 15 minute walk."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

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Bauer Palazzo
Bauer Palazzo
5 out of 5
San Marco 1459, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is $404 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (960 reviews)
"The property is beautiful and around high end shopping. It’s a tourist heavy area but very enjoyable. The rooms are a nice sir and the beds are very comfortable."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

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Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is $218 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (976 reviews)
"Amazing staff! So friendly and accommodating and helpful. Clean hotel with great views and a great central location to the rest or Venice. Very happy with our stay where!"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

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Unahotels Ala Venezia - Adults Only
Unahotels Ala Venezia - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
San Marco 2494, Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, Venice, VE, 30124
The price is $158 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (963 reviews)
"What a lovely hotel. The rooms are sound proofed so it is so quiet at night. Great Air Con, Very Clean, Top Bedding. Room had a fridge, and the morning breakfasts were amazing. The hotel is 50yards from the Orange line water taxi Alluguna - so an easy stop for normal water taxis around Venice (every ..."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

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