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Campanile di San Marco

Attractions, Sightseeing
Campanile di San Marco, Belltower, St. Mark's Basilica, Europe, Venice, Italy
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Time Out says

An elevator transports visitors to the highest point in Venice, for sweeping views of Piazza San Marco, the rooftops of Venice and the lagoon beyond.

The campanile, or bell tower on Piazza San Marco may look like it’s been there for centuries. But this present tower has only stood since 1902—a veritable youngster on the Venetian landscape—after a sudden collapse leveled the 12th-century tower. You’ll have to wait in line for the elevator (though skip-the-line tickets are sold via the Basilica website), to be rewarded with a bird’s eye view that stretches for miles—not unlike the one Galileo saw when he tested his telescope here in the 1500s. 

Time Out tip: The views from the top are indeed serene, but for €8 per person and what could be a long wait, we think there are better ways to spend your time and money in Venice.

National Archaeological Museum: For artifacts from Egypt, Greece and the Near East
Gelato Fantasy: For a cup or cone of the real thing
Salita San Moise: For wall-to-wall designer shopping


Address: San Marco
Piazza San Marco

Transport: Vaporetto San Marco Vallaresso or San Zaccaria
Opening hours: Nov-Mar 9.30am-5.30pm daily. Apr 9am-5.30pm daily. May-Sep 8.30am-9pm daily
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