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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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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
$102.62 per adult
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St. Mark’s: Fun & Fascinating!
One of the Highlights of our trip to Venice! Such a fun, respectful and informative tour. So grateful we chose this after hours tour. St. Mark’s Basilica exceeded all expectations as did the tour. Highly recommend!
Stephanie_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Perfect Day tour
Thomas_W, Aug 2021
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Great tour with a lot of information. We even got a private gondola because of covid 19. We can recommend the tour.
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Our tour guide, Mark, did...
Kevin_R, Nov 2021
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Our tour guide, Mark, did a great job and covered a lot of territory and history, while still keeping a a manageable pace & supplying facts in an entertaining way. It started early before the crowds and we had a break in the day which gave us time to eat lunch on our own.
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
Amazing tour!
Sara_M, Oct 2021
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
Fantastic day!!! Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, and fun to spend the day with. Real professionals. I’d highly recommend as a great way to cut the lines and see the “must do’s” within Venice in short order but also with a good amount of depth. The gondola ride was also a lot of fun!
star-4
Small area but covered lots
Ingrid_M, Nov 2021
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Great historical information about St Marks square and interesting places throughout Venice. Lots of walking but informative.
star-5
Superior
Alexis_F, Oct 2021
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
The tour guide was extraordinary. Very knowledgeable and provided excellent recommendations to eat, shop, locations, etc.
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.
star-5
A good overview of Venice
Julia_B, Oct 2021
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
It was well paced and entertaining. The tour guide was well informed and threw on some quirky facts about the Venetians of the past.
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The tour guide was very...
Carlos_A, Sep 2021
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour. She was excellent.
star-5
Perfect way to get to know Venice.
Sarah_H, Oct 2021
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Perfect way to get to know Venice on our first day. Our guide, Mosé, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and he filled the day with interesting information as well as personal stories and anecdotes - I would highly recommend.
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Our first visit to Beautiful Venice!
JOHANNA_G, Mar 2019
Piazza San Marco: Doge's Palace & Basilica guided tour
We had an amazing time touring the city, our guide was excellent and we learned so much about this beautiful city, that it is a must to visit!
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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.

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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