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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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18,769 Reviews
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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

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
$95.84 per adult
Beyond expectations
The tour was the perfect length and Martina was a fabulous guide - interesting, personable, and attentive. She provided a combination of broad historical background with tales about individual lives. Her enthusiasm for what she shared with us was contagious. If only all tours were this good!
Lisa_K, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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The best way of seeing Venice in a day
Florencia_F, Jul 2020
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
We had only a full day in Venice and this tour was perfect for us. We were on a small group, our guide Juliano was the best, being a Venice native we got to see It thru the eyes of a local. We not only covered the main landmarks, but also understood how the locals live, were they shop and eat. The gondola ride is a must to round up your visit to Venice. All the measures to avoid COVID where observed, we felt safe and comfortable. Thank you for an unforgettable day!
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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 and educational tour
Travellingisliving83, Nov 2019
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Loved this tour. I had been to venice before but this was really interesting to do. The guide was fabulous and you still get plenty of free time. Well worth it!
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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.
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A great tour
Sandy5646, Oct 2019
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
A fabulous tour and our guide Mosa was very informative with a wonderful sense of humour he was so passionate about everything it made it come to life we thoroughly enjoyed our tour and learnt so much about Venice Many thanks Sandy Henderson
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Venice in a Day Did Not Disappoint!
Michael D, Oct 2019
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
This tour was excellent! The major sites and gondola ride were everything that we expected, but we also walked through the lesser know parts of the city and found some hidden gems that we did not expect. Our tour guide Iola was incredible. She told us so many stories and gave us so much history, that we felt like true Venetians by the end of the tour. I wish we had more time to spend in Venice, but this tour gave us everything we could have hoped for in one day.
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Great tour
bivens52019, Oct 2019
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
The trip was great and the tour guide excellent. I only wish they had said that they were going to put 6 people in one gondola as I would have paid extra to be just my wife and I alone on our 40th wedding anniversary. Weather 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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Amazing!!
hillary0bennett, Oct 2019
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
My friend and I really enjoyed this tour with Susan! She provided stories and history that made Venice come to life. Very much worth the day!
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Awesome experience in Venice
Traveler28385706430, Oct 2019
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
This is a must do when you are in Venice!!! The tour is a perfect introduction to Venice, including the Gondola ride.
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Excellent all day tour of Venice
jktrips2remember, Oct 2019
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola
Moise (sp?) our guide was fantastic. His knowledge and enthusiasm kept us going. It’s not a tour for the weary. We did 18000 steps that day! But with only one day to see it all it really was worth it. Gave us a great appreciation for this beautiful and historical city.
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Kiara and beautiful Venice
Travel13413025065, Aug 2019
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
this is a must do. the tour is perfectly curated to give us history, stories, marvels, little insights and secrets. he guide kiara is lovely. she knows how to give us time and yet not be late. she just had a way with people , each one of us. the tour itself is seeped in history and architecture and marvellous. highly recommended.

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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