San Marco (Venice, district)

Parking in Venice: You should reserve a parking space in the parking garage online in advance. Especially now at Corona time many people come to Venice by car. There is a great website for reserving parking spaces: Click Here

Insider tip:
Travel comfortably without queues, buy tickets online beforehand:


The old town of Venice is divided into 6 districts (Italian: Sestieri, singular: Sestiere). The most famous, important and most visited district is San Marco. Here is the old heart of Venice with St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Cathedral and the Doge's Palace. Also other touristic highlights like the Rialto Bridge or the Teatro La Fenice are partly or completely in the Sestiere San Marco.

Borders of San Marco

The Canal Grande runs south of the Rialto Bridge Venice in an arch. The arch of the canal is the northern and western border of the San Marco district. In the south the Sestiere borders the sea. In the east there are borders to two other districts (Castello and Cannaregio).

Better buy tickets for Venice online

In Venice, the queues are often long, some sellers do not speak English. Ticket machines are difficult to use for foreigners. Therefore, we recommend to buy some tickets in advance on the Internet e.g. on the well-known website Getyourguide:

1. Tickets for the local ferries (water buses, vaporetto): daily tickets, weekly tickets, etc.: Click here

2. Tickets for the airport bus: Venice Marco Polo Airport: Click here    

3. Doge's Palace and St. Mark's church (the main sights): Click here

4. Great und cheap trip to 3 islands around Venice: Click here

Places of interest San Marco

Almost all of Venice's great sights are in San Marco. Some of them belong to the most important and most visited sights in Italy and all over Europe. San Marco is the tourist center of Venice.

The really big sights are around the Mark's Square. The big square itself is beautiful. Around the square there is a large number of small, but fine, stores. The Cafe Florian is one of the most famous cafes in Europe, even Goethe praised the Florian on his trip to Italy.

A very important building on St. Mark's Square is St. Mark's Church. It is the most famous of the many churches of Venice and belongs to the top 10 churches in Europe. No less famous is the Doge's Palace of Venice. This gigantic building was the seat of the government of Venice for centuries. Well visited is also the freestanding bell tower of St. Mark's Cathedral in St. Mark's Square, the Campanile di San Marco. Also in St. Mark's Square is the Correr Museum, one of the best museums in the lagoon city.

The Rialto Bridge is also partly in San Marco. It bridges the Canal Grande. The southern end of the famous Rialto Bridge is in San Marco, the other side in the Sestiere San Polo. In the alleys between Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square tourists are jammed daily, walking time about 15 minutes.

The Teatro La Fenice is one of the most famous theaters or operas in the world. The beautiful Teatro La Fenice can be seen during the day or go to a performance in the evening.

Another of the four bridges over the Grand Canal is on one side in the Sestiere San Marco. The Accademia Bridge is also partly in the Dorsoduro district. There is also the Accademia Museum.

Our tip: Reserve a parking space

Parking is very difficult on the island of Venice. There are only the 4 parking garages at the entrance to the old town. These are often full. If you come by car, you should reserve in one of the parking garages in advance.

    >>>   On this website you can reserve parking spaces.    (Old town island, Mestre on the mainland and airport)

Corona Update Parking Venice

Currently all 4 parking garages in Venice are not very full and have similar prices. We therefore recommend two parking garages right next to the Old Town at Piazalle Roma.  These are Autorimessa Comunale AVM (often good offers) and Garage San Marco.     Be sure to book online in advance!

Among the famous restaurants in Venice San Marco is the Hard Rock Cafe Venice. The branch of the famous chain is about 200 meters away from St. Mark's Square and is one of the most famous Hard Rock Cafes in Europe.

Even better known is Harry's Bar not far from St. Mark's Square by the sea. Ernest Hemingway and many other celebrities were regular guests here. The famous drink of Venice, the Bellini, is said to have been invented here (Prosecco with peach juice).

Arrival Venice San Marco

On foot: from Venice's main train station Santa Lucia or from the bus station in Piazzale Roma you can reach St. Mark's Square in about 45 minutes. From the Rialto Bridge to St. Mark's Square it is a 15-minute walk across the San Marco district. From St. Mark's Square to Teatro San Fenice it is also about 15 minutes by foot.

By vaporetto (public ferry): You can reach the shore south of St. Mark's Square, the center of the Sestiere Venice San Marco, easily by vaporetto (ferry). Many lines stop here: from the Central Station and Bus Station through the Grand Canal or around Venice, from the Rialto Bridge through the Grand Canal or directly from the islands of Lido, Giudecca or Murano.

Data San Marco

Our tip: Buy tickets for waterbuses beforehand

It is not always easy to buy tickets abroad. You don't know where to buy tickets, foreign ticket machines are difficult to use, there are language problems, queues, etc.

The 1, 2 or 3 day valid tickets for the waterbuses (ferries) in Venice are needed by almost every tourist. These tickets can now be bought on this english website.

The tickets for the bus from Venice airport to the city are available on this page in English language.

Area San Marco Venezia: 0,34 kmē

Population of San Marco: About 4200, few people live here, most buildings are used for tourism

Name San Marco: St. Mark's Cathedral (Italian: Basilica di San Marco) was the first to be built (about 9th century). The district (Sestiere San Marco) and also the Piazza San Marco were named after the church.




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