Piazza San Marco
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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
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
Hotels Near the Piazza San Marco
If you're a first-time visitor to Venice, you'll probably want to stay near
St. Mark's Square, the Basilica, and the Doge's Palace. Our article
lists hotels on all sides of the Piazza, in every price category.
San Marco by the numbers
Use the figures in the photo to identify the major landmarks around St. Mark's
St. Mark's Basin by the numbers
Follow the numerals to find the Salute Church, the island of Giudecca, and other
Campanile di San Marco
Venice's 325-foot bell tower isn't what it appears to be, but the view from the
top is unsurpassed. (It was also occupied briefly by the "Most Serene Venetian
Army" in 1997.)