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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)

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19,161 Reviews
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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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
$94.27 per adult
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Elena knows her history! She is passionate educated and answered all our questions. Best tour guide ever!
Marilyn_D, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Perfect Day tour
Thomas_W, Aug 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Great tour with a lot of information. We even got a private gondola because of covid 19. We can recommend the tour.
star-5
It was so informative
robinbancroft, Sep 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
I loved her knowledge of everything. Also she remembered everyone in the groups name. Any question we asked she answered and if she did not know she found out
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History lesson with a Gondola ride
Michael_W, Aug 2021
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
Grace was a lovely guide during our 6+ hour excursion. Her knowledge of the Doge and palace was extensive. The 25ish minute gondola ride was the perfect length, and it was fun to have a view of the city from the canals. Overall we had a great experience.
star-5
This was an amazing tour....
John_E, Sep 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
This was an amazing tour. Our guide was awesome. The view and all the beautiful art work and detail was so beautiful.
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.
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Loved this tour !!!
Laura_G, Sep 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
The tour was awesome !! Sara was absolutely so knowledgeable and fun, she made the whole experience amazing!! Loved the gondola part of the tour!!!
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A wonderful introduction to Venice!
steveni894, Jan 2020
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
This tour a great way to see several of the key sites around Venice. We had two different guides during the day (Natalia and Chiara), both were knowledgeable and professional. My wife and I really liked to the high level of detail given by both guides that were happy to answer any questions. Our time spent at St Marks Basilica and the Doge's Palace were enhanced by having a guide. I would very much recommend to anyone for their first day in Venice on holiday.
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Wonderful tour with a knowledgeable guide - perfect for those who need to see Venice in a day!
Emilia_C, Aug 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Susan did a great job - we truly enjoyed the tour and her extensive knowledge, humor and familiarity with Venice made it one of the best we've been on. It was an exceptionally hot day and she did her best to make sure everyone was comfortable. The gondola ride was perfect!
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Thorough and Complete
Jocelyn P, Sep 2019
Venice: Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco guided tour
This tour was very thorough and complete. Our group was comprised of about 30 persons with headsets. We were able to hear our guide. We skipped the lines into both sites. We did not see the horse sculptures from Constantinople. It was not included. But, they were available for an additional cost after you completed St. Marks. Just don't leave the cathedral with the group. Return your headset to the guide. There is an additional cost to go upstairs to see them. If you only have a short amount of time in Venice, these two historic sites are a must. I doubt young children would enjoy this.
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Venice in a Day
Austin_M, Jul 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
This was an amazing way for us to get our bearings in Venice on our first day. Our group was small of only 5, but Pamela did an amazing job at keeping us “entertained” and did a fantastic job communicating the history or significance of things throughout Venice. We had a great time with Pamela!
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Great tour but could be shorter
Jen, Jul 2021
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
The tour guide was amazing and super knowledgeable and friendly. There is a 2.5 hour break to get lunch and I think this is too long. I wish it was shorter and the museum portion started earlier to finish earlier. Also the ride with 4 other strangers is a little awkward and a little too close and personal than I would have preferred.
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Great tour.
charlesj0be, Nov 2019
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
The guide was very knowledgeable and even had our children get involved. Our guide rearranged our tour to accommodate the high water and everything worked perfectly. We were able to see all of the attractions thanks to her.

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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