"amazing panorama views" Campanile di San Marco Tip by mindcrime

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

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I have to admit that enjoyed the bell tower of San Marco more than anything else at the square. The entrance fee is 8 euro but it is worth every euro because of the amazing view you will get when you get up there by lift.

The tower is 98 meters tall with a golden statue of the archangel Gabriel on the top that rotate by wind and when it facing the Basilical the locals know there will be high water! It dates back from the 9th century and rebuilt in 12th, 14th and 16th again. It was totally collapsed in 1902 and was built again in 1912. What we see today is a replica of its predecessor. Although it is a bell tower it was basically used as a watchtower. It houses 5 bells that signaled different messages (start/end of the work day, the hour, call to judges at the doge?s palace, summon magistrates and announce of executions!!). Some days earlies I had seen AC/DC live in Athens so I couldnt resist singing "Hells Bells" for a while :)

As I said the amazing thing here isn?t the tower and the big bells (pic 2) but the amazing views over Venice (pics 3-4). I was surprised we were almost alone up there so we could take our time admiring the view in all directions and then take some photos of the lagoon, the neighboring islands, the beautiful red rooftops of Venice etc. There are some simple signs that indicate what you are looking at and you can also use the audio guide that you take before going up with the lift. It is open 9.00 till late in the afternoon (depending on season).

There is a small souvenir shop up there but don?t waste your time for that up there, enjoy the view!

Address: San Marco square, San Marco
Directions: opposite San Marco Basilica
Phone: 041-5224064
Website: http://www.basilicasanmarco.it/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 3, 2009
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