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San Marco and Saint Mark's Square
The district of San Marco is where you can find some of Venice's most famous attractions, namely St. Mark's Square and the Basilica of St. Mark. The square dates back to the 9th century and was described by Napoleon as the "drawing room of Europe". The Basilica of St. Mark's, which is the centrepiece of the square, was built between 829AD and 832AD, in order to house the mortal remains of Saint Mark the Evangelist. After a fire in 976AD it was rebuilt by Doge Pietro I. Orseolo and took until 1094AD to complete. On the square there are several other points of interest, such as Doge's Palace, Porta della Carta, the Clocktower, Procuratie Vecchie and Nove, the Campanile and the Marciana Library. Please remember not to wear short-sleeves when visiting the basilica.

Other tourist attractions in Venice
Dorsoduro – Cannaregio – Castello

How to reach Saint Mark's Square area
Saint Mark's Square can easily be reached from the main train station by vaporetto (Line 1 - Direction: San Marco).
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Recreational places in the San Marco area
Museums
Treasure of St. Mark's, Piazzetta S. Marco 1
Museum of St. Mark's, Piazzetta S. Marco 1
Pala d'Oro of St. Mark's, Piazzetta S. Marco 1
Cafés
Bar Gelateria Paolin, Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco 2962A
Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco, San Marco 120-24
Restaurants
Ai Assassini, San Marco 3695 (Italian)
Taverna La Fenice, San Marco 1938 (Italian)

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