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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
$138.11 per adult
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Mattie was an excellent...
Mattie was an excellent guide - gave a great perspective and interesting cultural experience - not a “canned” presentation.
Kimla_K, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

star-5
Excellent Tour of Venice
Richard_S, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Giuliano was an excellent tour guide!! Very knowledgeable and also funny☺. He was very accommodating to everyone on the tour! Such a very unique and amazing city!
star-5
Interesting walking tour
Linda_K, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Very good way to get your bearings around the city. Queue jumping for St Mark's Basilica and The Doge's Palace was great. Excellent Guide and the day was not too rushed
star-5
Wonderful at our!
Amanda_B, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Thorough and wonderful highlight of key places in Venice. Tour guide was informative and engaging. Thanks
star-5
Highly recommend!
Lucy_O, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Mat our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and despite a rainy day during the tour made it enjoyable and interesting. A great way to get to know Venice.
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
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!
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Venice
Robert_W, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Ok - lots of walking, very interesting history. I don’t want to add more words. Tide jjft bad fvcse the iffy is that I don’t have to go back home 🏠
star-4
Venice in a day
George_G, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Tour guide was very informative and full of useful tips. Would recommend maybe not suitable for elderly as a lot of walking.
star-5
Perfect experience, without waiting in line
Sharon_S, Oct 2021
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
Our tour guide was warm, cheerful, informative, thoughtful and made our experience excellent. The two of us were paired with a group of 3 others, and the 6 of us had a nice time exploring St. Mark and the Doge's Palace thoroughly, with all our questions answered. The gondola ride just before lunch was a nice break and then we found a good lunch nearby. My husband (who is typically the "do it yourself" type, thought the money was well spent.
star-5
Wonderful Tour of Venice
Shawn_R, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
This tour was wow! We didn’t have much time in Venice so doing this tour helped us see so many wonderful things in one day. It was definitely a busy day but our tour guide, Elisabetta, made it very fun and incredibly interesting and informative.
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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