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Campanile di San Marco (Venice)

Climb St. Mark's bell tower at Piazza San Marco in Venice

Campanile di San Marco

From the Campanile di San Marco, the large bell tower next to the basilica on St. Mark's Square, you have an amazing view over Venice.

Info & Tickets Campanile di San Marco

Location Piazza San Marco, next to the San Marco basilica
  • Tickets for climbing St. Mark's bell tower 15 € (book your tickets)
  • Children under 6 years free
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Hours Open daily from 9:30 am - 5:15 pm (last admission 4:45 pm)

View from Campanile di San Marco

This large bell tower is located on the Saint Mark's Square, near the St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Grand Canal. Other places of interest in the vicinity of the Campanile di San Marco are the Torre dell'Orologio, the Piazza San Marco itself, Museo Correr and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Venezia. It's a good place to start or end your day when you've caught the boat or gondola across the Grand Canal.

Structure of the Campanile tower

The special appearance of the tower is hard to miss: on the ground floor and in the top you'll see various decorative elements and decorations, with a simple construction of orange bricks in between. Especially the top part is interesting. The first level concerns the white arches that end above the vertical lines of the brick. Above that you will see four arches with openings. From here you can enjoy the special view from the tower in all four directions. Above that part where you can go as a visitor, you will see various figures on the four sides of the tower. This is followed by a green, pointed roof, with a golden angel at the very top. The angel sits at a height of about 100 meters.

Campanile di San MarcoThe big bell tower at San Marco square
Bell tower VeniceSt. Mark's Square from the Campanile

History Campanile of Venice

Originally this was a lighthouse, dating from the 12th century, with even remains of a previous construction from the 9th century. The tower has been rebuilt a number of times and the bell and copper pointed roof were not added to the tower until the 16th century. Later again, the archangel that indicated the wind direction followed. At the beginning of the 20th century, the tower unfortunately collapsed due to poor construction. Fortunately, the importance of the tower was well estimated and part of it could be saved. The Campanile has been rebuilt exactly as it has been before. However, this rebuilding took nine years. There have been more than 8,000 square meters of mosaic incorporated into the walls and ceilings of the tower. The mosaic tells the stories of the Bible and took eight centuries to complete.

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