(Sept 11, 2013)
2nd day in Venice and our main destination today is Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). This is the most well known plaza in Venice, filled with tourists, shops, cafes… and pigeons.
This is also where you’ll find the main tourist attractions of Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica church, Campanile, and Doge’s Palace. There’s a lot of beautiful details found in the architecture of the buildings.. different artwork, statues, and patterns to see everywhere I looked. No photos allowed inside St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, so can’t show any pics of the interior. The only place in Doge’s palace we were allowed to take photos in was the courtyard.
Definitely a must do for first timer’s in Venice 😀 Overall taking pics in the plaza and going into St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace took us around 3-4 hours.
- Transportation no cost – we just walked to the plaza from our accommodations
- St Mark’s Basilica – entry is free, but if you want to skip the long queues (which I highly recommend), you can book an entry voucher ahead of time. We booked ours here and paid 3 euros per person. The booking makes you select a time slot that you will visit so you’ll have to make sure to be there at that time.
- Doge’s Palace – we didn’t book ahead of time so still needed to queue up, entry is 16 euros per person.
- Booking tickets ahead of time is well worth it, really is a time saver so you can spend it doing more sightseeing.
- What I wish we did though was book a tour or get an audio guide of some sort. Because although pretty to look at, it doesn’t have as much impact without knowing the history or background behind these places.
- Was warned by an officemate who lives in Venice to not buy food or drinks here in the plaza.. Although there’s lot of cafes, the prices here are much more expensive since there’s a lot of tourists. I didn’t take a look anymore and just followed my colleague’s advice on this.
- Correr’s museum is also located in the plaza, but we aren’t really museum fans so skipped that. But for those that are interested this could be another place you visit while in St. Mark’s square.