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Piazza San Marco

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Piazza San Marco

ABOVE: Piazza San Marco or St. Mark's Square, facing the Basilica. On the right is the Campanile, a brick bell tower that you can ascend by elevator.

Reaching the Piazza

On foot: Just follow the yellow "San Marco" signs on the corners of buildings. The walk from the train station or the Piazzale Roma will take 30 minutes to an hour or more, depending on your pace and how often you zigzag off the most direct route.

By waterbus: Two of the Grand Canal's year-round vaporetto lines stop at the Piazza:

  •  The No. 1 local starts at the Piazzale Roma, stopping at the railway station and a dozen other points before reaching San Marco.

  • The No. 2 line begins at San Zaccaria , heads toward the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and down the Giudecca Canal on its way to the Tronchetto parking island, then stops at the Piazzale Roma and the train station before coming up the Grand Canal to San Marco Vallaresso.

Note: Several other lines stop beyond San Marco at San Zaccaria , which is just up the waterfront from the Piazza. For detailed waterbus information, see our Vaporetto Routes article.

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In this article:
Piazza San Marco - Introduction
What to see in the piazza
How to reach the Piazza San Marco