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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), often referred to as “the drawing room of Europe,” is one of the most famous squares in Italy. The geographic and cultural heart of Venice—with St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace at one end, the campanile in the center, and the colonnaded arcade topped by the Procuratie palaces lining three sides—this elegant piazza is also steeped in history. Settle in at one of the many coveted café tables and watch tourists (and pigeons) pose for photos while you sip a Bellini and soak in the square’s Renaissance splendor.

The Basics
Located at the center of Venice, St. Mark’s Square is the perfect hub around which to plan your walking tour of Venice. It is just steps from the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and its famous Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal, and the Riva walk along the waterfront. The piazza is home to a number of palaces and sculptures by the Renaissance sculptor and architect Sansovino, so a private or small-group guided tour is key to fully appreciating its rich Venetian Gothic art and architecture. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • You can climb to the top of the square’s clock tower, but prebook skip-the-line access to avoid a long wait.
  • Kids love to feed and chase the pigeons that flock to the center of this family-friendly piazza.
  • The main square connects to the smaller piazzetta square, which is flanked by the Doge’s Palace and the St. Mark’s library (Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana), and opens out onto the Grand Canal.
  • St. Mark’s Square is the focal point of Venice’s lavish Carnival celebrations every February.
  • Although often crowded, the flat square is easily accessible for strollers and those with limited mobility.

How to Get There
St. Mark’s Square is located along Venice’s Grand Canal. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is San Marco–San Zaccaria.

When to Get There
St. Mark’s Square is an open-air square, so the area is best enjoyed during the milder months of the year. Summer brings the largest crowds to the piazza, but overall, Venice is relatively quiet from November through February.

Flooding at St. Mark’s Square
Venice sits at sea level on the Adriatic, so when tides are especially high during winter, the city is often flooded. St. Mark’s Square is one of the lowest parts of the city center, and when acqua alta, or high water, hits, Venice sets up elevated walkways so locals and visitors can cross the piazza without getting wet.


Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice, Veneto 31024, Italy
Hours: Open daily 24hrs
Admission: Free
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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro

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Discover the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice without the headache of long lines. Head to the front of the queue with your expert guide and step inside to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold mosaics, Pala d'Oro and embellished domes. Explore other architectural highlights of St. Mark’s Square and learn about Venice’s history as a seafaring superpower and Italian cultural capital. You also escape to quieter backstreets of Hidden Venice to visit lesser-known attractions and gain insight into daily Venetian life.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Three Hours Venice Photo Walk :

Private Three Hours Venice Photo Walk :

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Touring a new city can be a very exciting experience, but it can also be quite an adventure if you are unsure of which places to visit and how. Language barrier may also represent a curious obstacle but it can also be frustrating. We offer an innovative and unforgettable Photographic Tours to welcome you in some of the most fascinating and romantic places in the world. We will guide you in an exclusive tour through the most interesting landmarks and monuments. A 3 hours one-to-one photo walk discovering hidden and secluded parts of Venice, without forgetting the famous landmarks, while taking great shots and with a one-to-one tuition to improve your photography skills! The tour is one-to-one so there will be just you, or accompanied by your family/friends. The Tour can be tailor-made based on your interests and expectations, can be more Photography workshop vs Venice less touristy Tour:
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Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience

Private Grand Canal Boat Tour and Murano Glass Experience

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Cruise along Venice's most famous waterway with a private, 1-hour boat tour of the Grand Canal, followed by a trip across the Venetian Lagoon to the renowned glass-blowing island of Murano. Zip alongside magnificent palazzos and soak up the quiet charm of smaller canals as your driver relates the legends and history of 'the floating city.' In Murano, watch master glassblowers at a factory workshop and admire intricate finished pieces at the showroom.
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Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano 4 hrs

Grand Canal Boat Private Tour: Murano and Burano 4 hrs

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Glide through some of Venice's most famous waterways with a private 4-hour boat tour of the Grand Canal, Murano, and Burano. Watch glass blowers at work on Murano and lace makers on Burano. Travel by private motor boat along the picturesque Grand Canal.
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Great Venice St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Guided Tour for Kids & Families

Great Venice St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Guided Tour for Kids & Families

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Traveling with children can be difficult when you have to wait in long lines to get into top attractions. This private guided tour, specially tailored to families, lets you skip the stress by giving you skip-the-line access to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica.
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  • 3 hours
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Venice Guided Sightseeing Private Tour for Kids and Families

Venice Guided Sightseeing Private Tour for Kids and Families

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Learn about Venice's history and culture on this kid-friendly private tour. Over the course of the tour in the canal-filled city, avoid long lines and dry historical commentary. Walk over the Rialto Bridge, visit the Basilica di San Marco, and stroll through bustling local marketplaces. This private tour is totally customizable and ensures personalized attention for your family.
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Doge's Palace: Skip the line tickets with audio guide

Doge's Palace: Skip the line tickets with audio guide

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This self-guided audio tour gives you the insight of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent exploration. Skip the lines to enter the Palazzo Ducale and Saint Mark’s Basilica and explore them at your own pace.
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Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

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Spend a delightful evening cruising along the canals of Venice on this private boat tour. Take in the architectural masterpieces that line the Grand Canal and smaller waterways from aboard a comfortable modern water taxi, venturing further than a traditional gondola would allow. Learn about the artistic and cultural history of Venice from your English-speaking guide as you soak in the sights on your choice of a 1-hour or 2-hour ride.
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Private exclusive Venice and Murano full day guided tour

Private exclusive Venice and Murano full day guided tour

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Avoid the crowds and long lines of Venice on this private and customized tour by foot and by boat. In the company of an art historian guide, explore Venice and Murano's top attractions, as well as some off the beaten path, and skip the long line to enter St. Mark's Basilica.
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  • 5 hours
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Venice Semi-Private Tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's | with Private Option

Venice Semi-Private Tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's | with Private Option

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Venice’s blockbuster attractions on St. Mark’s Square are among the most visited in Italy. With this semi-private tour, you can skip the long lines to enter Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace and enjoy a more intimate visit with a small group and guide. Avoid the worst of the crowds and take a deep dive into the impressive art and fascinating history of these religious and civic landmarks.
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Venice: Guided Walking Tour & Private Gondola Ride

Venice: Guided Walking Tour & Private Gondola Ride

This combination walking and gondola tour provides a comprehensive overview of Venice, especially for first-time visitors. Spend two hours strolling labyrinth-like streets with an expert guide who will explain the republic’s origins and modern life. Visit St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace, and more. Then take a 20-minute gondola ride through the city canals.
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Ghosts of Venice - Discovering the unknown

Ghosts of Venice - Discovering the unknown

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After the sun has set and the tourist crowds have departed, the mysterious side of Venice becomes apparent. Discover the myths and hauntings surrounding the popular city on a 90-minute ghost tour. Follow your guide through deserted squares, down quiet alleyways, and into the past. Learn about local legends, unexplained events, and of course, ghost stories that have been passed down through generations.
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Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello

Venice Islands Day Trip: Murano, Burano & Torcello

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Venture outside the tourist areas of Venice and explore the islands of the Venetian Lagoon on a guided boat tour. With this tour, you’ll set out from a pier conveniently located near St. Mark’s square to visit the islands of Murano and Burano. You’ll tour a glass factory and watch a glass blowing artist in action in Murano, and enjoy free time strolling the colorful canals and browsing the artisan shops of Burano.
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San Marco Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride Gondola Ride

San Marco Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride Gondola Ride

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Explore the history and legends of St Mark’s Square on a 2-hour walking tour led by a local guide. Known as the cultural and political heart of Venice, the square is home to some of the city’s most dazzling landmarks and architecture, including Italo-Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica and Gothic Doge’s Palace. Upgrade to include a ride on a classic Venetian gondola after the tour — a must-do experience when visiting Venice!   
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Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours

Venice Walking Tour plus Skip the Lines Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tours

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Enjoy the best of Venice on this guided walking tour plus skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica. Explore the best that the canal city has to offer, winding your way through narrow alleys, and see Venice's top attractions.
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  • 4 hours
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Private tour of Venice highlights with skip-the-line to St. Mark's Bell Tower

Private tour of Venice highlights with skip-the-line to St. Mark's Bell Tower

On this tour led by a private expert guide, you will discover the most beautiful and famous monuments of Venice around the area of St. Mark's square. You'll see the majestic outside of St. Mark's Basilica, one of the most incredible cathedrals of the world, and of the Doge's Palace, formerly the Doge's residence and the seat of Venetian government. Follow your guide until you reach the famous Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) and learn everything about its interesting history and the romantic legends behind it. In St. Mark's square, you'll also see the Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio), with its extraordinarily beautiful and elaborate timepiece. But the best has yet to come... In fact, towards the end of the tour, you'll get the chance to take the lift up to St. Mark's Bell Tower (Campanile di San Marco): with its 99 metres of height, it offers the best view over the city and its lagoon. Get you camera ready.... you won't regret it!
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Venice Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Venice Private Tour

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Please be aware that this tour is adapted to the local regulations post Covid-19. Our hosts will deliver this experience with the required equipment always keeping the distance suggested by local authorities. It will be safe and entertaining! Want to see the best of Venice? How about some hidden gems? It’s all possible on this private tour! Join your favorite local and see main landmarks such as the San Marco square while discovering secret places like Acqua Alta bookshop with a local wine tasting for a perfect overview of the city. Picturesque canals, elegant bridges, and breathtaking architecture; Venice, is a magical place! Join the local host on a tour that has it all. From a sight of the best highlights the city has to offer to the discovery of unique spots only the locals know about - this experience brings together the best of both worlds! So get ready, culture, history, and local lifestyle await!
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour

Private Tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Tour

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Take a private tour of the Venetian Lagoon and visit the enchanting islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Tour a glassblower’s workshop in Murano, and discover the traditional art of lacemaking in Burano. See medieval churches while learning about the ancient history of Torcello, Venice’s earliest settlement and a tranquil escape from the typical tourist path. Enjoy the dedicated attention of your private guide on this 4-hour tour.
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  • 4 hours
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$991.30
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Venice Full Day tour with Murano or Burano

Venice Full Day tour with Murano or Burano

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Discover the hidden gems of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Venice on this action-packed walking tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Four-course Food & Wine Pairing Elegant Dinner in Venice

Four-course Food & Wine Pairing Elegant Dinner in Venice

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Taste the flavors of Venice with this gourmet four-course dinner complete with wine pairings! Settle in at a top-rated restaurant in the heart of Venice and relax among a romantic atmosphere. Start your meal off with a local aperitif, and then savor four expertly prepared courses that highlight the unique flavors of Venetian cuisine. A professional sommelier will be on hand to guide you through the wine list featuring Veneto varietals and help you choose pairings to complement each course.
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour in Venice

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour in Venice

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Skip the line for entrance to one of the most important symbols of Venice, the Doge's Palace, during this 1-hour guided tour. Walk through the impressive structure, once the first sight greeting ships coming in from the lagoon, full of gold staircases and paintings by masters like Tintoretto and Veronese. Admire examples of Byzantine and Oriental architecture as you listen to your guide's commentary on an included headset. Entrance fees included.
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Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola Ride

Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola Ride

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Experience quintessential Venice on this walking tour, including a memorable gondola ride. See iconic landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and the House of Marco Polo; get a taste of local life at the Rialto Fish Market and explore historic neighborhoods like Cannaregio. Then, admire the palatial architecture of St. Mark’s Square, enter the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and soak up the scenery on a romantic gondola cruise. This small-group tour is limited for a personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Your Evening in Venice

Your Evening in Venice

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This is a sighteen tour based on culture, history, cikketti, prosecco, whitewine and of course a lot of fun! You will have the opportunity to see the splendor of Venice by night enjoying georgeus squares, places, churches and monuments with the eyes of a real local, but also you will sure understand what means for us the millenary masterpiece of this strange water city and how our tradition can still survive just hidden behind the most crowed and famous city's places; discovering this city for what it really is for us.. the last Venetians. A full immersion inside the Venice culture and life style that will be the best way to understand which is the strange combination to live here surrounded by 2 totaly different perspectives of live: the Touristic and the Traditional one. Try this TripAdvisor Venice Experience you won't be disappointed! ( street food is include in the price From 10 to 15€uros)
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors, this classic walking tour combines the blockbuster sights of history-packed Venice with a relaxing gondola ride. Listen to legends and stories from the city’s Renaissance heyday as you travel down cobblestoned streets and over picturesque footbridges. Tours cover Saint Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, and the legendary Calle Varisco.
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  • 3 hours
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$146.09
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