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St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

Open daily 24hrs
Piazza San Marco, Venice, 31024

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.

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Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
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Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
$138.48 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Wonderful tour
The guide was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. It was a great walk and gondola ride through venice. The markets were fun, St marks and the doge were beautiful. The gondola ride was relaxing, our boat was beautiful. It was a long day but great!
Ken_S, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-5
Great Experience You Want To Miss
Emily_H, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
We felt that this was a great experience! Our tour guide had a lot of knowledge not only about what is specified you’ll see but other interesting things around Venice. He also offered tourist tips.
star-5
Great tour
monton74hotmailcom, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Great tour with a friendly and really knowledgeable guide. Definitely worth the money and a must do.
star-4
Enjoyable but tiring
Lesley_B, May 2022
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
The Godola ride took longer than I thought it would, which was really good, though it was disappointing that our gondolier didn't give much information about the history of gondoliers or our surroundings. The Doges Palace tour the guide was very informative. I Was disappointed that our tour of St. MARKS didn't include the library or museum, (extra cost & time) was the reason but this was not explained until we had left, and were stood back in St Marks Square.
star-5
Fascinating history, delightful guide.
JCM_T, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
The basilica is amazing. The guide Martina was delightful. My wife loved the gondola ride. Low key but loads of interesting historical information.
star-5
Wonderful tour
Ken_S, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
The guide was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. It was a great walk and gondola ride through venice. The markets were fun, St marks and the doge were beautiful. The gondola ride was relaxing, our boat was beautiful. It was a long day but great!
star-5
Great experience no line!
MairaBeatrice_C, Apr 2022
Early Entrance Doge's Palace St Mark Basilica & Rialto Bridge
This must have been one of the most amazing tour I have ever experienced. The fact that the Doge's Palace was an early entrance was so great , there was no line and it wasn't crowded! I really reccomend it to everyone !
star-5
Stupefacente!
Kimberly_G, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Seeing St. Mark's Cathedral for the first time! Walking through the farmer's and fish markets in Rialto. Our guide was attentive, informative, and entertaining!
star-5
ABSOLUTELY
Sivan_L, Mar 2022
Wandering in Venice: San Marco Square and Hidden Corners
Great explanations! Really felt like i understood venice more after this tour it was fantastic! would recommend
star-5
Perfect!
Jaclyn_C, Jan 2022
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
Our guide was TERRIFIC, extremely knowledgeable about Venice, and made our tour very interactive. I loved exploring both the city and the landmarks with her, as she pointed out and explained things I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. The gondola ride was amazing as well, but the real selling point was our guide. This package was well worth it!
star-5
Best trip to enjoy Venice.
cheryl_p, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
The description doesn't do this tour justice. Far better than described. A leasurely walk with head phones for full commentary of all sights. Time to enjoy the views and learn about area. Fabulous guide . Would really recommend this tour.
star-5
Must do - walking tour with gondola
Chantal_P, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Fantastic tour worth the money. It is a walking tour with a 1/2 hour gondola ride. You see must see spots and get priority access to spots that the regular lines are so long that they wrap around buildings. We had the best guide.. a very knowledgeable , very fluent in English , blonde Italian woman. She had a sense of humour and also added valuable “super cool” facts about Venice. I recommend this tour. 💯
star-5
Wonderful.
Matthew_S, Jun 2021
Great Venice St Mark's Square & Doge's Palace Guided Tour for Kids & Families
Lucia was a fantastic guide! My kids loved it. Lucia was informative and entertaining, my kids were engaged and she provided great information about the sites.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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