"St. Mark's Campanile" Campanile di San Marco Tip by grandmaR

Campanile di San Marco, Venice: 155 reviews and 292 photos

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The line at St. Marks was long, so we went up the bell tower instead. That was 8 ? each and was a lot of fun. We had great views over the city. There is an elevator - you don't have to walk up. Before we got on the elevator we saw signs in many languages (photo 5) which said "It is obligatory to deposit here the backpacks. The deposit is free. Attention! Do not lose your ticket. Thanks"

A campanile ? pronounced /kampaˈni:le/ ? is, especially in Italy, a free-standing bell tower, often adjacent to a church or cathedral. The word derives from the Italian campanile, from campana (bell). In the St Mark's Campanile, there are the 5 bells (one of them is in photo 2). I don't think they will be rung while people are up there.

For those that like statistics, the tower is 98.6 meters tall, and is mainly a plain brick square shaft, 12 meters a side and 50 meters tall, above which is the arched belfry. The belfry is topped by a cube, alternate faces of which show walking lions and the female representation of Venice (la Giustizia: Justice). The tower is capped by a pyramidal spire, at the top of which sits a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel. If you get a good picture of what the bell tower looks like in your head, you can figure out where you are because all the many campanile of Venice are different.

Schedule for visits

From April To June and In September and October:
From 9 a.m. the morning until 7 p.m. in the evening.

In July and August:
From 9 a.m. of the morning until 9 p.m. in the evening.

From November To March:
From 9 a.m. thirty the morning up to 4:15 p.m. in the afternoon.

When you are looking over the city and trying to pick out landmarks, it had a green triangular top.

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
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Venice_campanile_composite_panorama.jpg

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 24, 2009
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