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Piazza San Marco Tips (24)

Piazza San Marco: Live Orchestra at Night from April to October

this will be my night time tips, a will have a separate things to do pictures of it.

At night, Piazza San Marco becomes lively with nightly orchestras playing at the opposite ends of the piazza from the famous coffee houses (Gran Caffe Quadria and Caffe Florian) usually from april to October and goes up to 12:00 am where you can order really expensive coffee and food like say 14 euros for a cup of coffee with some free biscotti and 25 euros an up for some snack. Don't worry as there is no cover charge for the orchestra (you can even watch for free by just standing outside and not sitting at the tables and chairs of the coffee chains)

like what I've Said, Piazza San Marco is actually divided into two squares of which the larger one faces the Basilica San Marco and among the Attractions are the Basilica San Marco, the Campanile, Torre dell'Orologio and Procuratie and Ala Napoleonica and the Museo Correr. Piazza San Marco is the center of Venice and piazza was laid out in the 11th Century and was paved in bricks initially then turned into the istrian stone of today. The Piazza is where hordes of tourists converged and get to the famous attractions and then hop off to other Venice Destinations. It host a large number of pigeons which are tourist magnets of which tourist take pictures and selfies with the pigeons.

Dress Code casual

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Apr 06, 2016

Piazza San Marco: Take a walk and enjoy the music

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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Jul 02, 2010

Piazza San Marco by Night: Gloriously Illuminated

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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Aug 29, 2009

Piazza San Marco: Serenades at dinner

Live music live singing Italian wine & food, pure magic!

What made it for us was that as we sang it was obvious someone had a voice.
Two people in our group turned out to be amateur opera singers and they did a turn.
It was wonderful. Even the Italians loved it.

Dress Code Smart tidy shirt and tie back in 1973.

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Mar 14, 2006
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Piazza San Marco: Venice at Night

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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Feb 18, 2006

Piazza San Marco: Mingle with the locals

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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Jul 12, 2005

Piazza San Marco: Dancing in a Near-Empty Piazza

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 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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Apr 26, 2005

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

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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Mar 01, 2005
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Piazza San Marco: 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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Jan 25, 2005

Piazza San Marco: Night Time Magic in Piazza San Marco

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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Dec 15, 2004

Piazza San Marco: Music in the Air

Wander about Piazza San Marco on your way to another night time destination and the sweet tunes of Vivaldi, Mozart, and Strauss waft through the air. Quartets hired by the restaurants on the square compete for attention. as soon as one group finishes a piece the quartet on the other side of the square starts their set.

Dress Code Come as you are

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Sep 30, 2004

Piazza San Marco: A beautiful place to stroll

The most enjoyable time I had in Venice was night time in San Marco square. It is busy with lots of activities. Lots of music, restaurants, bars, vendors, gondoliers singing....Lots of charm and just as wonderful as you would expect. The piazza is huge and there is something for everyone. Be sure to just start walking around the alleys and streets and experience the shops, restaurants, etc. Getting lost is half the adventure.

Sep 08, 2004

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