St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), Venice, Italy
St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy 31024| Map |
Standing in the middle of Venice’s bustling St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), visitors often find themselves overwhelmed. Between the towering edifices, frenetic crowds and fluttering pigeons, the centuries-old square is both beautiful and a little chaotic. However, the chaos is simply part of the St. Mark’s Square charm. Affectionately referred to as “The Drawing Room of Europe” the square is a fabulous place for the family to explore -- or just kick back and relax after a long day of site seeing. Though notoriously pricey, St. Mark’s Square is an absolute must-see. Home to the stately St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica San Marco) and Doges Palace (Palazzo Ducale) -- as well as a number of posh cafes tucked into the marble colonnades -- the teeming piazza is the de facto heart of Venice. Art, history and architecture buffs will especially appreciate the elegant, cosmopolitan atmosphere, while kids delight in dashing through the notorious flocks of pigeons and exploring the Campanile bell tower. When the family needs a little refreshment mom and dad can indulge in an espresso or Prosecco while the kids tuck into a creamy gelato at the famous Gran Caffè Quadri or Caffe' Lavena. Afterward do a little window shopping, check out the waterfront, applaud the local street musicians and pose for an unforgettable family photo.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Piazza San Marco is the main square of Venice. A must-see and great family photo opportunity. Plan your visit for early morning or early evening to avoid the midday crowds.
Address: St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy 31024| Map
Hours: Year Round More Info
Price: Free More Info