"Campanile" Campanile di San Marco Tip by Willettsworld
Campanile di San Marco, Venice: 153 reviews and 288 photos
This isn't the original tower that stands in St Mark's square. The first tower, completed in 1173, was built as a lighthouse to assist navigators in the lagoon. But on July 14th 1902, its foundations suddenly gave way and it collapsed with the only casualty being a cat. Donations for reconstruction came in to build this new tower which was opened on April 25th 1912 (the Feast of St Mark).
You'll have to queue in line for a while in order to take a lift up to the top (which is 97m/324ft high) but the views are outstanding.
Open: Apr-June 9:30am-5pm; July-Sept 9:45am-8pm. Admission: € 6,00.
Address: Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia, Italy
Directions: Located in St. Mark's Square north of Laguna Veneta
Phone: +39 041 2708311
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