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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
$140.74 per adult
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Great Tour Guide
Marco was the best tour guide ever! He was very informative while being very humorous. We loved having him as our tour guide! The Venice in a day tour was also all you really need to see the main sites in Venice and take a short gondola ride. Make sure and ask for Marco!!
Rick_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Great Tour Guide
Rick_G, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Marco was the best tour guide ever! He was very informative while being very humorous. We loved having him as our tour guide! The Venice in a day tour was also all you really need to see the main sites in Venice and take a short gondola ride. Make sure and ask for Marco!!
star-5
Highly recommend
Jacqueline_C, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
We were extremely pleased with this tour. We learned so much about Venice and gained a much larger appreciation for the city. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The gondola ride was beautiful. I would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Great way to see the sights of Venice
Duncan_B, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Sara was a fantastic guide; full of knowledge, historical, as well as fun facts. This tour is a fantastic way to enjoy the delights of Venice in one tour. Highly recommended! Great to break the morning from afternoon with a two hour lunch break!
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Enjoyable but tiring
Lesley_B, May 2022
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas
The Godola ride took longer than I thought it would, which was really good, though it was disappointing that our gondolier didn't give much information about the history of gondoliers or our surroundings. The Doges Palace tour the guide was very informative. I Was disappointed that our tour of St. MARKS didn't include the library or museum, (extra cost & time) was the reason but this was not explained until we had left, and were stood back in St Marks Square.
star-5
So much history in one day
Sharon_R, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
As the description of the tour suggests, if you're in Venice for a short time and want to see the highlights in one day, this is an excellent tour. Roberta brought Venice to life as we walked through squares, over bridges and visited famous sites. Really enjoyable and full of history.
star-5
Fantastic! Beautiful
Michael_K, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Guide was fantastic. We saw everything with great explanations. Doge Palace was breathtaking. Guide explained everything
star-5
Living the Dream
Sharmili_L, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
We enjoyed every moment of this tour, the guide was amazing, entertaining and very informative. Here again we were overwhelmed with the history and amazing art work inside Basilica and Doges Palace. I would suggest anyone visiting Venice for first time to go on guided tour. I am sorry I forgot our guide's name, he was very helpful and provided us with extra information and was happy to answer any questions. We would go on a tour with him again S & D
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 !
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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
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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!
star-5
Nicco's the best!!!
Eddie_H, May 2022
Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
Everywhere Nicco took us was beautiful, and his positive spirit and in depth knowledge was exceptional!! Thank-you Nicco... best tour we've had the whole three weeks of our cruise! A perfect tour!
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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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