St. Mark’s Square or the Piazza San Marco in Italian is the main center of action in Venice. It is where a lot of historic places come together like the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile and the Museo Correa. It is also the home to some fancy restaurants. It is the place to see and be seen.
How to Get There:
Getting to St. Mark’s Square is pretty easy. Follow the yellow signs or take the vaporetto
and get off at either of the San Marco stops. Once you’re there, be sure to check out the Rick Steves Audio Europe App
and listen to the St. Mark’s Square track. We suggest getting there early in the morning before things open (definitely before 10:00 am) to walk around and listen to the audio guide. You will learn a lot of history and learn the layout of the square.
What You Will See:
Once you are there, it really is just a big square with buildings around it. At one end you will see St. Mark’s Basilica
and next to that you will see the Doge’s Palace
. In front of those two buildings you will see the Campanile
. On either side of the Piazza you will see two large restaurants with outdoor and indoor seating. Opposite of the Basilica is Museo Correa.
St. Mark’s Square is the center of Venice. Lots of shops and stores are close to the square as well as most of the main historical sites of Venice.