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    Piazza San Marco: Night Time Magic in Piazza San Marco

    by tpal Written Dec 15, 2004

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    Piazza San Marco in nighttime splendor.

    It is unlikely that any visitor to Venice will miss Piazza San Marco, arguably the most famous square in Europe. The history and architecture of the "drawing room of Europe" is well documented. Daytime visitors will take away memories of an exciting environment filled with people from all over the world, street vendors of all sorts and, of course, the pigeons. But, limiting your visit to the daytime will not complete your experience.

    Nighttime is when the magic comes alive. Gone is the hustle and bustle, replaced with romance. The square becomes aglow with lights from under the colonnades and from every column and pilaster. Music can be heard from every corner. The night mutes the visual details to a nearly sepia tone while the textures of the surrounding buildings and the patterns of the pavers reveal themselves.

    Strolling through the piazza I suddenly become aware of my footfalls. I feel as though Carol and I are alone in our experience. There are still many others around us but the pace is slower, their voices are lower and they all feel the same as me.

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    Piazza San Marco: Venice at Night

    by cheapskate Written Feb 18, 2006

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    The shops and attractions are closed by 7pm.. most close earlier. So when the sun sets.. it's time to just relax and enjoy the venetian ambience. Of course i couldn't afford a cup of anything at any of the cafes at the piazza.. so i juz sat on of those platforms used during the aquas alte (high water).

    It was nice and relaxing.. till it got too chilly.

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    Piazza San Marco: Dueling Orchestras at night

    by davequ Written Aug 26, 2004

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    Some light, touristy but fun entertainment

    Good for an hour or so worth of diversion one night, get a chuckle from the dueling orchestras on Piazza San Marco at night.

    Battle of the bands Venetian style. A little corny but actually kind of funny, as the musicians were pretty good and would get very comical at times. Everybody usually ends up checking it out once, and I liked it.

    It is free if you stand and wander back & forth between the orchestras. You pay Venice prices for drinks if you sit down.

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    Piazza San Marco: Dancing in a Near-Empty Piazza

    by deecat Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    Mystical San Marco at Night

    It's so refreshing to be in St. Marks Square or Piazza San Marco at night after the Day Trippers are gone....It's mysterious, romantic, dream-like.

    One night as Allan and I were walking after dinner, we went to the square where the "Dueling Orchestras" were playing. There were a few couples, some street artists, and the musicians...so we slow danced for just a few minutes. It was quite lovely. Being the romantic that I am, it is a fond memory of Venice.

    We took pictures, but it did not work well. I'll try the picture we have of the orchestra playing/ the street artist displaying his wares.

    Dress Code: There is no dress code. Just be with someone you love.

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    Piazza San Marco: Music Everywhere

    by nicolettart Written Oct 14, 2003

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    musician in the Piazza

    In fact, as you stroll Piazza San Marco you will hear so many bands, competing for your attention. It's free, of course, unless you decide to sit down. It's such a fun atmosphere, people will spontaneously begin dancing or singing.

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  • San Marco Square: A Cheaper Route

    by Britta Written Jul 14, 2003

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    At night in San Marco Square many of the cafes have live music. They play many things, such as musicals, or classic, or popular older tunes. It's really nice to stand and listen to, just watch out if you decide to sit down and have coffee, a cup can be E8, which amount to $9 roughly. Best thing to do is just stand behind the seating and take in the atmoshere and save yourself the expensive coffe. If you don't mind the price, the coffee is good!

    Dress Code: None!

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    Piazza San Marco: Nighttime music and promenade

    by pauleast Written Dec 10, 2003

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    The cafe's around the St Marks Square are alive at night with people drinking and earting and listening to the small orchestraa, as well as a large number aof wandering people standing behind the cafe area just enjoying the music and ambience for free! The choice is yours!
    If money is not the issue then definitely park yourself down and order one of the most expensive coffees/whiskies/wines etc etc that you will ever buy BUT enjoy the surroundings its great especially if you are with your loved one!!

    Dress Code: Dress up smart you'll be glad you did

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    Piazza San Marco: Take a walk and enjoy the music

    by Herkbert Written Jul 2, 2010

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    We just took a stroll through Piazza San Marco one evening and enjoyed the terrific music being played at a couple of the Cafe's. From classical to jazz, the talented musicians are playing tunes to entertain the clientele and you can enjoy it too.

    You can stop and grab a drink and listen or you can just stroll along and enjoy it.

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    Piazza San Marco: Piazza San Marco

    by sim1 Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    Piazza San Marco



    It is wonderful to see Venice by night. A lot of beautiful buildings have lots of lights, like the Piazza San Marco you can see in this picture. I've never seen a city more beautiful at night than Venice.

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    Piazza San Marco: Strolling in Twilight Romance

    by jlee008 Written Aug 4, 2004

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    Twilight on San Marco

    Let the twilight hypnotise you into a Venetian trance. There are plenty of people to watch while comfortably seated at the many restaurants that will serve your food to you right on the Piazza. There are often quartets that play pieces for you as you dine. If you don't happen to be right in front of one of the orchestras, don't worry because you can hear the melodious tones reverberate throughout the Piazza.

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    Piazza San Marco: You've got to stay the night in Venice.

    by carmat217 Written Mar 1, 2005

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    St. Mark's by night, some crowds, less than day.

    You can't just do a day trip to Venice, when it is crawling with other people just doing a day trip (or all those cruise people). Stay the night, and wander through the streets to San Marco square where the musicians from the cafes play great music. It's a fabulous atmosphere not to be missed. You don't even have to pay the expensive sitting fee at the tables at the cafe -- just stand in the background with groups of other tourists. You can even dance with your travel partner, or by yourself.

    Dress Code: No dress code -- just casual. Maybe bring a sweater in case it gets a bit chilly.

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    Piazza San Marco: Mingle with the locals

    by eddilowe Written Jul 12, 2005

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    Get out and meet people

    At carnival time, whether you're in costume or not it's great to wander around and around in St Marks Square and mingle with all the other folks.

    We met this particularly charming looking Italian gentleman who stole our hearts with his smile and said a soft, quiet "Ciao" as he strode by. He probably thought we were lunatics giggling like schoolgirls as I had my picture taken next to him in my Harry Potter outfit! He did look rather bemused by it all the poor fella....

    Get talking to people, have your picture taken with them, stand and watch the people in the Florian Cafe in costume - or better yet, get in costume yourself.

    Dress Code: Smart dress or costume if you are planning to go in the Florian. Otherwise, wear whatever takes your fancy.

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    Piazza San Marco: VENEZIA prostitute of luxury

    by ilmercantedivenezia Written Jan 9, 2004

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    peter schneider 1999

    This is the town during the carnival i do not like dressed chickens' party is not of the Venetians and the party of the "farmers "and the marionettes from big gentlemen but poor mans in pocket

    "i love farmers"

    Dress Code: you do not also need the dress naked he goes only you do well not forget the credit card in beautiful view if he is made of gold.

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    Piazza San Marco by Night: Gloriously Illuminated

    by MM212 Updated Aug 29, 2009

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    One must make time in the evening to pass by and linger in Piazza San Marco. Through clever illumination, the atmosphere is made magical and the monuments are rendered glorious. Many cafés along the Piazza set up outdoor tables, so if the weather is clement, a drink under the sparkle of the lights is unforgettable. If not, then a stroll through and a few photos will have to suffice. Attached are my photos.

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    Piazza San Marco: Music

    by clairegeordio Written Jul 22, 2004

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    At night you can listen to orchestras playing classical music all around St Marks' Square. You don't necessarily have to have a drink in one of the cafes, many people just stand and watch. There were about 5 different groups to watch when I was there. The square is beautifully lit up at night as well.

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