St. Mark's Square

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Surround yourself in Venetian splendour as you soak up the heady atmosphere of the city’s social and cultural hub.

Think of Venice and the first place that comes to mind will almost certainly be St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). People have been flocking here to eat, drink, talk, worship and trade since the 10th century, and it remains a magnet for locals and visitors alike.

The richly decorated St Mark’s Basilica dominates one side of the square, facing the grand Gothic dome of the Doge’s Palace and the iconic Campanile (bell tower) rising high above the crowds. Climb to the top for wonderful views of ancient Venice spread out before you like an intricately detailed map, or stand in the square below to hear the bronze figures strike the hour on the historic Torre dell’Orologio bells.

Over in the south east corner of the square you will find two columns marking the traditional entrance to the city, topped with statues of St Mark and St Theodore looking out over the Venice Lagoon. The lapping of the water is punctuated by the sound of pigeons attempting to tap unwary tourists for food, but don’t be fooled by their plaintive cooing – these days it’s forbidden to feed them here.

The piazza is a lively open space all year round, although watch out for high tides during the winter months when it sometimes floods. At other times of the year, this is the place to find the café culture alive and well, although prices may be significantly higher in this tourist mecca than in less high-profile parts of the city. Nevertheless, nothing beats relaxing over a cappuccino in the shadow of some of the finest architectural landmarks in the world, or watching the sun set over the Grand Canal with a cool beer in your hand. To the locals, it’s simply El Piazza, and it’s not every day you get to live like a Venetian.

4185 Cheap Hotels Near St. Mark's Square

Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Montecarlo
3 out of 5
Calle Specchieri 463 San Marco, Venice, VE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$94 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
This family-friendly Venice hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Square and Bridge of Sighs. Grand Canal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (978 reviews)
"Very friendly front people."

Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2022

Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Rialto
Hotel Rialto
4 out of 5
San Marco 5149 Ponte Di Rialto, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$157 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Located in Venice City Center, this hotel is steps away from Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Amazing service and location!"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

Hotel Rialto
H10 Palazzo Canova
H10 Palazzo Canova
4.5 out of 5
San Polo - Via Riva del Vin 744, Venice, VE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$220 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Located in Venice City Center, this luxury hotel is steps away from Teatro Goldoni, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge. St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (311 reviews)
"Very good breakfast and super service"

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2022

H10 Palazzo Canova
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Top St. Mark's Square Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Montecarlo
3 out of 5
Calle Specchieri 463 San Marco, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$94 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Rialto
Hotel Rialto
4 out of 5
San Marco 5149 Ponte Di Rialto, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$157 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Hotel Rialto
H10 Palazzo Canova
H10 Palazzo Canova
4.5 out of 5
San Polo - Via Riva del Vin 744, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$220 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
H10 Palazzo Canova
Palazzo Veneziano
Palazzo Veneziano
4.5 out of 5
Fondamenta delle Zattere 1413, Venice
The price is NZ$171 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Palazzo Veneziano
Bauer Palazzo
Bauer Palazzo
5 out of 5
San Marco 1459, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$302 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Bauer Palazzo
The St. Regis Venice
The St. Regis Venice
Campo Barozzi, San Marco 2159, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$929 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
The St. Regis Venice
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
5 out of 5
Riva Degli Schiavoni, 4196, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$929 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
4 out of 5
Piazza San Marco 1107, Calle del Cavalletto, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$121 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Hotel Cavalletto e Doge Orseolo
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE
The price is NZ$236 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.