Campanile di San Marco (St Mark's Campanile), Venice

Campanile di San Marco (St Mark's Campanile), Venice

The city’s tallest bell tower was originally constructed in the 12th century, as a combined lighthouse and belltower, and was continually modified up to the 16th century, when the golden angel was installed on the summit. Each of its five bells had a distinct function: the largest, tolled the beginning and end of the working day; another one rang midday; two separate bells either proclaimed a session of the Senate or called the members of the Maggior Consiglio to council meetings; and the smallest bell gave notice of an execution.

Galileo Galilei famously demonstrated his telescope to the Doge of Venice on 21 August 1609 from the Campanile, and there is a plaque commemorating this event at the viewing area of the tower. However, the Campanile’s most dramatic contribution to Venetian history was made on July 14, 1902, the day on which, it fell down after giving a warning sound that sent the fashionable coffee drinkers in the piazza below running for their lives.

The Venetians rebuilt their Campanile “where it was and how it was”, and it is now safe to climb to the top. Unlike other bell towers, where you have to brave narrow, steep spiral staircases to reach the top, this one has an elevator so that you can easily get a pigeon’s-eye view against a fee.

At 99 meters, the Campanile is the tallest structure in the city; a particularly good vantage point for viewing the cupolas of the San Marco basilica, as well as the city and surrounding lagoon. Sometimes in the evening, the lagoon is so clear that one can see for miles! Even if you don't go up to the top, it's worth just standing at the base of this historic bell tower and staring up trying to get a peek at its very top.
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Sight Name: Campanile di San Marco (St Mark's Campanile)
Sight Location: Venice, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour   Piazza San Marco Walking Tour  

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Ghetto Tour

Ghetto Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido Island Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Wine Tour

Wine Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Casanova's Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Piazza San Marco Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

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