St Mark's Square
Good for: Proposing
- San Marco Piazza San Marco
- tel, info: 041 529 87 11
- campanile: €6.00/€3.00
- campanile: Jul-Sep 09:45-20:00; Apr-Jun 09:30-17:00; Oct-Mar 09:45-16:00
Lonely Planet review for St Mark's Square
Napoleon dubbed it the 'finest drawing room in Europe', and visitors and pigeons alike have been flocking here for centuries to strut and crow. There is a constant carnival atmosphere thanks to the cacophony of duelling cafe orchestras, cooing pigeons, and constant traffic of waiters serving alfresco diners.
Now that most visitors arrive in Venice via the railway station, the magical symbolism of the waterside Piazzetta San Marco has to a great extent been lost.
The piazzetta's two columns bear emblems of the city's patron saints: the winged lion of St Mark and the figure of St Theodore. From the Campanile (bell tower), you can enjoy breathtaking views. St Mark's Square is also one of the lowest parts of the city, and thus the first to be covered in water when the acqua alta (high tide) arrives - a magical sight on a moonlit night.