Campanile di San Marco is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy, located in the Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The tower is 98.6 metres tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark's Square, near the front of the basilica. It has a simple form, the bulk of which is a fluted brick square shaft, 12 metres wide on each side and 50 metres tall, above which is a loggia surrounding the belfry, housing five bells. Each of the five bells of the campanile had a special purpose.
The tower is capped by a pyramidal spire, at the top of which sits a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel. The campanile reached its present form in 1514. Today it serves as an observatory desk and provides the best view of the city. 

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    09:45 - 19:00

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  • Alan Oliver

    - 28 August 2018 -

    Well worth the visit to the top. You do not even need to walk up any steps as there is a lift to take you to the top!! You can take what ever time you want at the top but there seems to be a natural cycle anyway. There are stunning views across all points of the compass and you can easily take photos of the views as there is a wide mesh which you can put the camera though. Hold on to it though!! €8 per adult and €4 up to 17 was well worth it. Only had to queue a short while as the queue moves quickly.


    - 17 August 2018 -

    Great looking Bell Tower in St Marks Square. Well worth a trip to the top (it's a lift so no stairs) and great views of Venice. Try to be at the top on the hour so the bells ring when your up there 😀

  • ella warriner

    - 11 August 2018 -

    We bought skip the line tickets online but when we got there it wasn't clear where we were supposed to go, so we just waited in the line, unsure where to go. We got to the ticket place and were told to go round the corner. We managed to find the place we were supposed to go, however there was no sign to tell us it was there. However the view was nice.

  • Raul Castillo

    - 01 August 2018 -

    Rising above the beauty of Venezia holding a spectacular view ! Truly the best panoramic view of the city expanding beyond eyesight of the shining sea to the Dolomites in the distance. Definitely recommend taking a ride up the tower.

  • Sho Chak

    - 25 July 2018 -

    Nice that there is an elevator. The tower is pretty good for 8 euros and you get to see a panorama of venice. The bells on the top were cool

  • Adam Hennebury

    - 04 July 2018 -

    Top points for the view! I’d recommend buying a ticket in advance, it was nice to skip the line and take the entry by the exit facing St.Mark’s Square. The tower itself is not as much the attraction.

  • Celina Marie

    - 28 June 2018 -

    You were lucky that there was no line to take the elevator to the top!! It was priced reasonable for an unusual experience to hear the bells toll on the top of the hour. It is super loud & a little scary being underneath the swinging massive Bells. I highly recommend bringing some ear protection. The view is amazing and we had taken so many awesome pictures

  • Fabrizio Andreuzzi

    - 25 June 2018 -

    Amazing and breathtaking views of the city and its busy waterways. In clear days one can enjoy the view of the whole archipelago. Well worth the line and the wait, recommended.

  • Val Griffin

    - 24 June 2018 -

    This is the bell tower for St. Mark's Basilica and is 98.6 metres tall. Visited St. Marks Campanile mid afternoon early June & was happy to find queuing time was a little over 10 minutes. Well worth a visit providing some great views of St. Mark's Square, the Basilica, Doges Palace, Guidecca and the islands of the lagoon. Access to the tower is by a lift and when I was finished viewing and taking photos there was a 5 minute wait to leave. Built in the 9th century as a lighthouse for the dock which then occupied most of Piazzetta San Marco. Originally of timber construction on many occasions it was destroyed by lightning. The campanile took it's present form when it was reconstructed in 1513. In 1902 it completely collapsed and was replaced by the present structure which was completed in 1912.

  • Martyn Davies

    - 14 June 2018 -

    At 8€ it’s one of the cheapest “must-do” attractions in St Marks square. There’s a lift to the top, but it gets quite crowded up there at times. But where else are to going to get such breathtaking views of the city?

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