St. Mark’s Square in the Venetian Hotel’s Grand Canal Shoppes is a great place to get out of the heat, relax and enjoy some good food, a drink, or a cup of gelato. There are several things to see and do in St. Mark’s Square. The painted ceiling and attention to architecture makes you feel as though you are in the heart of Venice!
In front of Pandora’s the Streetmosphere opera singers and stilt walkers gather to perform Carnival of Venice with several songs and acts. Its a free performance and you can enjoy it from a seat directly in front of the stage if you get there early enough or by standing. You can also see from Ottos and Canaletto’s.
The Living Statues are fun to watch also. They are real performers dressed like Venetian statues, and hold their position flawlessly. They will make an exception if you leave them a tip, in which case they invite you to take a selfie with them.
Canaletto’s is a great restaurant to grab a glass of wine and appetizers to enjoy the atmosphere and sit “outside” in St. Mark’s Square.
Cocolini’s Gelato Bar
Cololini’s is situated perfectly in the center of St. Mark’s Square and has a wide selection of Italian gelato. Get a gelato before the Streetmosphere performance starts and you can be entertained while you eat. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the streets of Italy.
Venetian Canal and Gondolas
While in St. Mark’s Square, you’ll cross over one of the many bridges over the Grand Canal, where gondoliers lead their passengers under bridges and around bends while serenading them with Italian songs. You don’t have to pay for the gondola ride to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Grand Canal.
The atmosphere in St. Mark’s Square in the Venetian Hotel is so realistic, and feels like you traveled to another land and time. When you’re tired of the bustling people and bright lights of Vegas, find a little refuge and calm in St. Mark’s!