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San MarcoVenice

One of Venice’s most iconic sights is known all over the world for its historic square, cathedral and surrounding shops and cafés.

Look out over the pigeon-packed square and long arcades beneath the towers and crosses topping St. Mark’s Square, the central attraction in the sestiere (district) of San Marco. Being here is an unforgettably peaceful experience, unlike others you will encounter in Italy or Europe. Wander through the open spaces of the square and enjoy this beautiful scene.

Spend hours studying the fine details of St. Mark’s Basilica, the cathedral on the eastern end of St. Mark’s Square. Its Byzantine exterior dazzles with its manifold arches and gold trim. Inside are some of the most decadent gold leaf paintings of any cathedral, which together symbolize central tenets of Christian iconography. Their beauty is so widely recognized that they have even served as the basis of scientific studies about the biology of artistic appreciation.

Another important attraction in San Marco is Doge’s Palace. Built for the Doge of Venice, the chief magistrate of the former Republic of Venice, today the site serves as a preeminent example of Venetian-Gothic architecture and houses an art museum. Take your time perusing the many chambers of this building, the design of which has been widely imitated throughout the world.

As is the case with most of Venice, San Marco is densely packed with elaborate Baroque churches. In particular, be sure to visit the Chiesa di San Salvatore, which sports a cannonball in one of its columns left behind after a skirmish with Austrian forces.

Before you leave, have a dry martini at the famous Harry’s Bar, a truly expatriate experience. This place has served as the favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Philippe de Rothschild and many others. Also try two Italian treats that were invented here, the carpaccio meat dish and the Bellini prosecco cocktail.

While all of Venice is a marvel, San Marco is a wonder set right in the heart of the city. Allow enough time to explore the special treats of this perfectly European sestiere.

Top hotels in San Marco

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
4 out of 5
San Marco Mercerie 760, Venice, VE
The price is RM657 per night

Located in San Marco, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and St. Mark's Basilica. St. Mark's Square and St Mark's Campanile ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (969 reviews)

"Location was great on canal. Nice hotel, rooms are small."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020

Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
Hotel Montecarlo
Hotel Montecarlo
3 out of 5
The price is RM383 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)

"This is a great location right off San Marco Palazzo. Afternoon tea is a special treat."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Hotel Montecarlo
NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci
NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM753 per night

Located in San Marco, this luxury hotel is steps away from Palazzo Pisani Moretta and Grand Canal. La Fenice Opera House and Rialto Bridge are also within 10 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (755 reviews)

"Absolutely Fab hotel! The staff were so helpful! Great food, coffee and Tea."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci
Hotel Saturnia & International
Hotel Saturnia & International
4.5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM556 per night

Located in San Marco, this luxury hotel is steps away from Santa Maria del Giglio, La Fenice Opera House and Grand Canal. St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"This is my second stay at the Saturnia. Great location, accommodating staff, and the food at the restaurant(although expensive) is quite good."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2020

Hotel Saturnia & International
Rosa Salva Hotel
Rosa Salva Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM526 per night

Located in San Marco, this property is steps away from St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica and St Mark's Campanile. La Fenice Opera House and Rialto Bridge ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (600 reviews)

"Very nice hotel with modern rooms, affordable prices and proximity to Piazza San Marco. Don't forget to try the place with the same name just next to the hotel for a quick lunch or indulge in their mini sweets at incredible prices."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Rosa Salva Hotel
Ca' Fortuny
Ca' Fortuny
The price is RM353 per night

Located in San Marco, this townhouse accommodation is steps away from Fortuny Museum, Grand Canal and La Fenice Opera House. St. Mark's Square and Rialto Bridge ...

4/5Very Good! (421 reviews)

"We loved the decor of the rooms very homely. Bathroom was a good size. Lovely staff."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2019

Ca' Fortuny

Popular places to visit in San Marco

St. Mark's Square
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St. Mark's Square

4.5/5(1,265 reviews)

The beating heart of the city where you’ll find some of its most famous sights, its best cafes, and enjoy the true charm of Venice.

Rialto Bridge
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Rialto Bridge

4.5/5(1,260 reviews)

Cross the romantic old bridge, one of Venice’s most iconic and world-famous sights, now packed with souvenirs and street entertainers.

St. Mark's Basilica
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St. Mark's Basilica

4.5/5(1,116 reviews)

An exquisite Byzantine cathedral and one of the most striking of all Venice’s great attractions with a story as old as the city itself.

Doge's Palace
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Doge's Palace

4.5/5(832 reviews)

The home of the Venetian ruling elite for hundreds of years, an enduring monument to the city’s power and stature.

Bridge of Sighs
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Bridge of Sighs

4.5/5(1,125 reviews)

Arching high over the water, linking a palace with a prison, is a spectacular bridge steeped in local legends.  

La Fenice Opera House
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La Fenice Opera House

4.5/5(199 reviews)

Tour the lavish interior of one of Italy's most prestigious music venues then enjoy an evening of classic or experimental opera.

Top things to do in San Marco

Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour
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Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Small-Group Tour

RM358
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride
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Classic 30 minutes Gondola Ride

RM101
Per adult
Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello
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Venetian Islands Half-Day Boat Tour: Murano, Burano & Torcello

RM73
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour with Skip-the-Line
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St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour with Skip-the-Line

RM382
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Doge's Palace Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets
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Doge's Palace Skip-the-Line Entrance Tickets

RM164
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour
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Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour

RM318
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend

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