St. Mark's Square, Venice

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    St. Mark's Square
    Piazza San Marco is one of the most visited places in Venice. Attractions at St. Mark's' Square are the Basilica, the Campanile Tower, Doge's Palace, the Clocktower and the Correr Museum. The Rialto Bridge is a short walk away.

    The square was build in the 9th century and was enlarged to its present size in 1177. It always has been seen as the centre of Venice because all the important offices of the Venetian state were here. The original Campanile Tower collapsed in 1902 but was rebuild afterwards.

    St Mark's Square does not only attract tourists but also pigeons. The pigeons are tame and sit on people's hands, arms and hats. (see picture). A municipal ordinance in May 2008 made it no longer allowed to feed the pigeons.

    In the area around St. Mark Square are lots of shops, luxury boutiques and restaurants. Hotels close St. Mark's Square are expensive. Best deals are in the winter season.

    san marco / st. mark square venice
    St. Mark's Square: big fun with the pigeons

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