Party Earth Review The most heavily trafficked tourist area in Venice – and hub of the delightful winter Carnevale scene – the beautiful Piazza San Marco is an historic square featuring everything from high-end boutique shopping and art... ... read full review
Piazza San Marco
San Marco, Venice –
The most heavily trafficked tourist area in Venice – and hub of the delightful winter Carnevale scene – the beautiful Piazza San Marco is an historic square featuring everything from high-end boutique shopping and art to upscale restaurants and bars.
Although the square is filled with vacationers snapping pictures during the day, the scene calms down significantly by 10pm, when mellow groups tend to gather to share the magnificent scene and a bottle of wine before moving on to the bars and clubs.
The nighttime atmosphere in the vast piazza is quite special, as the impressive buildings loom rather mysteriously in the gloom, and the sounds of symphony orchestras compete with the gentle lapping of the water on the embankment.
Every detail seems to combine to create the perfect destination for an intimate moonlit stroll, a nighttime photo shoot, a drink at one of the historic upscale cafés, or a laid-back evening of people-watching.
The sheer romance of the piazza has inspired many a lover, so visitors shouldn't be surprised to find couples dancing in the dark.
Affluent, stylish types looking for a romantic scene, and music-loving travelers and hippies, all ages.
There are usually two or three orchestras playing simultaneously outside the various cafés and restaurants. Staged festival music during major Italian holidays.
The eateries around the square tend to have limited but expensive menus.
Prices are inflated in this tourist-heavy area.
Any night after 10pm.
Iconic establishments Caffè Florian and Caffè Quadri are located on opposite sides of the square and offer expensive fare served in beautiful 15th- and 16th-century surroundings.