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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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$138.45 per adult
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Our tour guide Paula she...
Our tour guide Paula she made the tour really interesting she gave us so much on history I learned a lot from her. My favorite is the basilica san Marco beautiful church .just disappointed that we couldn't go to the terrace, Paula said it's not part of our tour. I would've loved to gone there. The gondola ride was ok . The dogs palace was a little overwhelming to me, so much information . But overall I love it.
Gretel_P, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Our tour guide Paula she...
Gretel_P, Jun 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Our tour guide Paula she made the tour really interesting she gave us so much on history I learned a lot from her. My favorite is the basilica san Marco beautiful church .just disappointed that we couldn't go to the terrace, Paula said it's not part of our tour. I would've loved to gone there. The gondola ride was ok . The dogs palace was a little overwhelming to me, so much information . But overall I love it.
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Great experience
Travis_S, Jun 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Susan was absolutely outstanding. Worth every single penny. The whole experience was amazing. The gondola ride was great as well. Really got to explore a lot of Venice!
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Great day in Venice!
Maria_C, Jun 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Our tour guide was excellent and lived that the gondola ride was included! Really hits all the highlights and skipping the lines was truly worth every penny!
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Tour and guide (Martina) we’re awesome!
Michael_C, Jun 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Our tour, and especially our guide Martina, we’re amazing. Venice was beautiful, it blew our minds. It is so beautiful and their history is amazing. Martina was friendly, knowledgeable, and funny. I would highly recommend this tour. Wear comfortable shoes…
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The good stuff!
SACHIN_N, Jun 2022
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
This tour was split into two parts: morning church + mini city walking tour, and afternoon Doge palace visit. There is a gondola cruise in between for about 40min. Both guides Barbara and Roberta were good and very engaging. I liked this tour. Time well spent and saw much of Venice in a day. Much recommended!
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Excellent tour on many levels!
Raffaele_P, Jun 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Moses our tour guide was organized informative upbeat and humorous. Highly recommend if you want to see much of Venice in one day.
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Well worth it
michelle_a, May 2022
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
What a fantastic way to see all the best bits of Venice Marco our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly,he made the tour interesting and we learnt a lot more than if we just went on our own
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Wonderful day in Venezia
Mitchell_K, Jun 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
History… art…architecture… sunshine…knowledgeable, passionate and friendly guide… Mose… made for a great experience.
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Highlights of Venice in one day
Paul_W, Jun 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
A really interesting walking tour by the extremely entertaining and knowledgeable Maria (not sure of her full name but she was originally from Munich Germany). The gondola ride was also a highlight. Getting to also go into St Marks Basilica and the Doge's Palace made this tour really good value for money. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience the highlights of Venice and then leave other days to wander and explore Venice.
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Great Tour
Ravyn613, Jun 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Our tour guide Paula was delightful and full of lots of information. It was an enjoyable tour. Highly recommended
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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 !
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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
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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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