Speechless. Beautiful and centrally located. Venice would not be the same without this square.
The most beautiful venue in Europe'.
Welcome to the most beautiful venue in Europe. Or at least that's how Napoleon defined it after invading Venice. This place is the first thing you should visit, not only for its beauty, but also because of the fact that it is the neurological centre from which the city grows outwards. Although it began to form in the ninth century, four hundred years had to pass before it took on the form it has today. Surrounding it are some of the most important buildings of Venice such as the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Campanile. However, apart from historical reasons, nowadays the square is a great place to walk given that it is the only one of its kind throughout the entire city. In addition, being the city's lowest point, it is not unusual for the square to become flooded when the tide rises. When this happens, walkways are set up in order to cross it. Curiously, If you go you should keep in mind that you cannot eat, drink or feed the pigeons whilst in the square. As you might expect, especially in the summer, you will most often find it to be full of life and activity during the day as well as at night. During the day, the site offers you the best opportunity for photographs of San Giorgio Maggiore beyond the columns of San Marco and San Teodoro at its entrance.