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"Piazza San Marco - Not a square at all." Venice Tourist Trap Tip by Jerelis

Venice Tourist Traps: 251 reviews and 257 photos

  Jeroen is feeding the pigeons at the Piazza.
by Jerelis

In New York, every tourist has to visit Time Square. In London, Trafalgar Square vie for the visitors attention. The equivalent tourist magnet in Venice is Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square). It differs from its foreign counterparts in two major respects: (1) it's more attractive, and (2) it hasn't been corrupted by automobiles.

The Piazza San Marco isn't a square at all, it's actually a trapezoid. Its shape, which flares outword from its enclosed end, makes the Piazza appear even more spacious. The square - let's not be pedantic! - was laid out in the 11th century, when its area was divided in half by a canal. A century later, the canal was filled in, creating the basic shape that exists today. The geometric patterns of Istrian stone add to the illusion of depth, although they've also been used to mark the locations of traders' stalls at various times.

Unique Suggestions: Do it all, it's also a must see ... sorry! :-)

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Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 24, 2005
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