About Piazza San Marco

About Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice. It’s the social, public and religious centre of the city, and an absolutely stunning space.

When you visit Venice, it’s likely you will spend some time here. So, here are our top facts about Piazza San Marco.

The drawing room of Europe.

Piazza San Marco – or in English – St. Mark’s Square - is the biggest public square in Venice and we think it is one of the most beautiful in the world. Allegedly, because it is so striking, Napoleon once referred to it as the ‘Drawing Room of Europe’.


San Marco - the most important and most famous square in Venice.

It is surrounded by some of Venice’s most beautiful and most important buildings.

On the Piazza San Marco you will find the Basilica di San Marco (Basilica of St Mark’s), the Campanile (bell tower) and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) – just some of the buildings you will probably visit on your visit to Venice.

It’s a great place to visit at ANY time.

Visiting Piazza San Marco is special at any time. Day or night, Winter, Fall, Spring or Summer – it remains a beautiful space and you’ll find something to like about it during those times.


Piazza San Marco is beautiful day or night, summer or winter.

Sometimes there are open-air concerts here.

Venice is known for her beauty as well as her music, so don’t be surprised to find a small concert taking place on the square in the evenings. A small band can sometimes be playing for a restaurant or café around the square. The sound adds to the atmosphere of the place.

Sit down and watch the world go by at Caffè Florian.

There are many establishments in and around the square. The oldest and perhaps the most atmospheric is Caffè Florian, which dates back to 1720! Some of its past clientele includes Casanova, Lord Byron and Charles Dickens. It has since been refurbished and has quite an opulent style and is a fabulous place to experience.

Piazza San Marco can sometimes flood.

Piazza San Marco can sometimes flood. This can be as a result of high tide – and since Venice is in a lagoon, this is not surprising. Locally it’s called Aqua Alta and can also be as a result of winds from the Adriatic, which blow more water up into the Lagoon. There are sirens which sound when the square floods, but it’s quite a common event, particularly around winter. Sometimes, there are temporary walkways erected to help everyone move around unhindered.

Even at High Tide, Piazza San Marco is beautiful.

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