St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark’s Square, the drawing room of Europe

  • St. Mark’s Square, known in Italian as Piazza San Marcos, is the heart of the city of Venice, and the protagonist of some of its most famous postcard views. The beautiful church of St. Mark’s Basilica, of Byzantin and Gothic architectural styles, is almost eclipsed by its own bell tower, a beautiful Venetian tower known as St. Mark’s Campanilr and one of the most recognisable sights of the city of Venice. In St. Mark’s Square, you will also be able to admire the Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio) which dates from the 15th century, and also the beautiful arcades located right in front of the Procuratie Vecchie.
    It is said that Napoleon called St Mark’s Square the drawing room of Europe – and although that anecdote hasn’t been confirmed, it is undeniable that the beauty of this place has made it a well-deserved subject of thousands of drawings and paintings. St. Mark’s Square is unique in many ways: it is also the lowest part of the city of Venice, and thus the first one to flood whenever the city has to endure its ‘acqua alta’.
  • During your stay in the apartments near St. Mark’s Square, you will have both tourists and locals as neighbours. Venice isn’t a large city nowadays, with less than 300.000 inhabitants, but it used to be one of the biggest cities in Europe in the High Middle Ages. The city’s population would keep growing in the following centuries but, of course, Venice’s unique location would prevent it from becoming one of the largest cities in the 20th century. Nowadays, Venice is a very visited city: everybody wants to enjoy the beautiful city before it meets its demise: as the sea level rises, Venice’s life expectancy keeps decreasing.
  • Venice is full of high-quality shops, and around the city centre, where St. Mark’s Square is located, you will find some haute-couture fashion shops such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Besides, St. Marks Square is surrounded by souvenir shops where you will find typical items from Venice, such as the traditional carnival masks, which will make the perfect gift for your loved ones – or for yourself! The little streets of this beautiful city are also full of unique little designer’s shops, so make sure to do a good tour before deciding on anything: You’re likely to find something even more beautiful in the next little street!
    Finally, if you have the time, you can also go to the island of Murano, famous for its crystals, where you will also be able to find precious souvenirs.
  • When looking for transportation tips near St. Mark’s Square, you may already have something in mind. Something romantic, artistic and film-inspired, and which (and here come the pleasant news) is actually one of the best options to move around the city of Venice… The gondolas! That’s right: those beautiful little boats are one of the most demanded transportation systems of the city. However, keep in mind that although they used to be the go-to transportation in ancient times, nowadays they are mostly dedicated to tourist. There are other sort of boats that will bring you from St. Mark’s Square to other parts of the city, such as the vaporettos and the water taxis – which may not be as beautiful, but they do sound exciting, don’t they? After travelling by metro, train and tramway in many other European cities, thinking about moving around by boat is a pleasant change! Next to St. Mark’s Square or Piazza San Marco you will find several vaporetto stops – just go towards the water and look for your destination!
    Besides the boats, you can also use your own feet to get around Venice. This beautiful water city is actually fairy small, and you can walk from one side to the other in just half an hour. However, it is so beautiful that it will probably take you longer!
  • The apartments near St. Mark’s Square are a great starting point to do a tour around the beautiful city of Venice. You can start by visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower, and admire the view of the sea from the Piazzeta di San Marco, an extension of the square that goes towards the sea. Next to the basilica, you will find the Doge’s Palace, and the famous Bridge of Sighs right behind it. You can also hire a gondola so you can have a beautiful tour under the bridge – there is certainly no better way to enjoy this famous bridge than sailing in one of Venice’s traditional boats!
    After your gondola tour, we recommend you to walk around the little charming streets surrounding St. Mark’s Square or to visit any of its museums. The Doge’s Palace currently hosts one of the best in the city.
  • Who doesn’t like Italian cuisine? Near St. Mark’s Square you will find plenty of delicious options. Venice is an expensive city, so make sure to look at the menu before sitting somewhere. For the rest, though, Italian gastronomy is always a safe bet! There are many wonderful restaurants in the area, such as I Tre Mercanti, or the Bistrot de Venise. The Ristorante Trattoria Cherubino also has some well-deserved fame, and there you will be able to go beyond pasta and pizza: Truly delicious, but Italian cuisine offers much more than that, like the wonderful seafood dishes you will be able to try here! If you’re in the mood for something sweet, you can try Caffè Florian or Caffè Centrale. The first one is right by St. Mark’s Square, whereas the second is very close to the square as well. Finally, if you’re in the mood for something different, the Hard Rock Café Venice is also nearby.
  • As all the cities in Italy, Venice offers a very fun and lively atmosphere. Can you imagine something better than having a refreshing drink while enjoying the beautiful views of the sea? Well, you can do that right next to St. Mark’s Square, in one of the classics of the city: Harry’s Bar, a charming traditional bar right next to the water. Beware of the prices, though, because you do pay the views, but it is still a very nice option to enjoy the beauty of the city. Besides, if you stay in the apartments near St. Mark’s Square, it’s the perfect option to have a quite drink after a tiring day, right before going to sleep. But you’re not likely to want to go to bed, because St. Mark’s Square is full of nightlife entertainment: A lively atmosphere and street live music to enjoy as you go around its beautiful cafés will be more than enough to keep you up and happy.


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