Want to get the most out of your experience in Piazza San Marco? Museo Correr is a little-known gem on the southern side of the square.
In-the-know tourists come here to buy tickets to the Doge's Palace without a line. One ticket (€16) provides one-time entry to all the St. Mark’s Square Museums: the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
The Museum also provides a stunning overview into the Piazza (as the photo shows).
Lastly (and just as important), the museum is a cool and quiet respite from the crowds in the summer months.
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The Cafè at the Museo Correr
So you're at the Piazza San Marco. You've already done Quadri and Florian, and you know both the crowds and the prices are a bit extreme. But you still want a civilized place to have some coffee, or a dessert, perhaps even a sandwich.
Welcome to the Museum Cafè. It looks out over the Piazza. It has air conditioning. It doesn't require a ticket to the Museum Correr proper (although you should probably stop by, for its collection of art about the city of Venice itself).