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What to do in Venice's San Marco Square

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What to do in Venice's San Marco Square
It almost pains me to write these words as I strongly believe that this is a distinct impossibility, but if you're staying in a Venice hostel and somehow find that you're a little bored, unable to think of something interesting to get up to, then refer back to this blog as fast as your little fingers will carry you as I'm about to give you a few excellent things you could do - all based in one part of the city.

St Mark's Square - or San Marco Square if you're feeling particularly at home - was, according to Tips from the T-List, once branded by Napoleon "the finest drawing room in Europe". And there's a whole boatload of pursuits that the intrepid traveller can get up to here, like climbing the bell tower where the best views around can be found. You'll find it close to the Basilica (which I'll come to in a minute) and is around 98m high, but don't sigh in anticipation of all those steps - those with short legs can take the elevator.

Now to the Basilica, a favourite of tourists and residents alike. This is a mixture of mosaics, impressive artwork and lots of architecture, prompting the travel guide to say that no trip to Italy would be complete without a pit stop here and I wholeheartedly agree.

Yep, Venice is all about the culture. I should know - I've just finished reading an article by Boosh News which said that there's something for all tastes, ranging from Surrealism and Cubism to European Abstraction, all housed within the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

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