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San MarcoVenice

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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Rosa Salva Hotel
Rosa Salva Hotel
3.5 out of 5
San Marco 951, Calle Fiubera, Venice
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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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (615 reviews)
Good location and brand new

"Cute hotel walking distance from Rialto and St Marks square. Plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance. Room was a little small but that’s what you expect for a city hotel. Everything was new and clean."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

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Bauer Palazzo
Bauer Palazzo
5 out of 5
San Marco 1459, Venice, VE
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Located in San Marco, this luxury hotel is steps from Correr Civic Museum, Grand Canal, and St. Mark's Square. La Fenice Opera House and St. Mark's Basilica ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)

"Excellent hotel in a perfect location for sight seeing."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

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Antica Venezia
Antica Venezia
Piscina Frezzeria - San Marco 1672, Venice, VE
The price is $70 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

Located in San Marco, this townhouse accommodation is steps from Correr Civic Museum, St. Mark's Square, and La Fenice Opera House. Grand Canal and St. Mark's ...

4.2/5Very Good! (155 reviews)
Perfect!

"Charming central hotel. Really comfortable and clean with very helpful and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2019

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Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE
The price is $110 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)
Great location

"Nice hotel. Great location. Friendly staff. Restaurant is expensive"…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2020

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Hotel Ala (Adults Recom'd)
Hotel Ala (Adults Recom'd)
3.5 out of 5
San Marco 2494, Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, Venice, VE
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Located in San Marco, this hotel is steps from Santa Maria del Giglio and La Fenice Opera House. St. Mark's Square and Basilica of St Mary of Health are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
Clean and spacious rooms

"Lovely clean and spacious rooms. Great location, only stayed one night, wish we could have stayed longer"…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

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Ca' dell'Arte
Ca' dell'Arte
San Marco 3286, Calle Delle Carrozze 8, Venice, VE
The price is $44 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in San Marco, this luxury bed & breakfast is steps from Palazzo Malipiero, Grand Canal, and Palazzo Grassi. La Fenice Opera House and St. Mark's Square ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (170 reviews)
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"Nice bathroom, always important. Friendly staff. Location is good, the streets in this area are easier to follow a route. I got cheap Covid prices, so a bargain."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

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