Campanile and its Views, Venice
One thing I really love about Venice is the Campanile di San Marco, or Bell Tower of St. Mark's, which stands magnificently in Piazza San Marco.
For the best views in Venice, jump in the elevator and ride to the top. From here you can see this fabulous city laid out below you. You can see out into the lagoon and all the islands in the distance.
And you can still even see the pigeons!
Fondest memory: Just take a look and tell me how anyone could not think this is an amazing city!
Favorite thing: When you climb the tower in San Marcos Square you will encounter this bell in the tower. It hangs there in this open space where people go to see the "larger" view of Venice, it seems to be waiting for some eager novice to come up and ring it so its peal will be heard over all the city, but for the moment it waits in vain, the tourists look out toward the city, not into the bell tower itself.
Good news, there is an elevator to the top of the Campanile. The views of Venice from there are awesome and on a clear day you can see the Alps. The first tower was completed in 1173 and was built as a lighthouse. In the Middle Ages it was used as a prison and some prisoners were left to die hanging in a cage from the Tower.
In 1902 it's foundations gave way and the tower collapsed. The new tower was built from donations and was opened on April 25, 1912 on the Feast of St. Mark's day.
Favorite thing: Oh, whether you like it or not, you'll definitely get to see CAMPANILE OF SAN MARCO (EL PARON DE CASA - The Master of the House): Built & reconstructed in 1912, this tower has become the icon for Venice. A replica can even be found at the Epcot Center & another at Las Vegas, the Venetian Hotel & Resort!
It's the tallest belltower in Venice. From the top you can see the whole lagoon.
Even though the tower was erected at the beginning of the 20th century, it is an exact replica of the 15th-century bell tower. In 1609, Galileo Galilei exhibited his telescope here, and during the carnival, the bell tower used to serve as a stage for the tight rope-walkers who entertained the doge with their acrobatics.
Fondest memory: I love to see aerial views over the city and one of the best places for this is from atop the campanile in St Marks square. Santa Maria della Salute, one of several plague churches in Venice, dominatings the sothernmost entrance to the Grand Canal was one of my favourite views from up here. Other good viewpoints to take not of are the other campanile - San Giorgio Maggiore, the Scala Contarini de Bovolo and from the top floor of the Naval Museum near Arsnale in Castello.
The Campanile di San Marco, or Belltower of St. Mark's, has stood for more than a thousand years--or for less than a century, depending on how you define "truth in advertising."
Although "campanile" means "bell tower," the Campanile di San Marco did double duty as a military watchtower when it was constructed in the 10th Century. Later, as the tower was expanded and refined, its bronze-sheathed roof caught the sun's rays and acted as a daytime beacon for mariners.
The Campanile received an overhaul in the early 1500s after being damaged by an earthquake, giving it the profile that we see today. It also received its share of historic visitors, including Galileo (who showed the Doge his famous telescope in 1609), Goethe (who viewed the Adriatic from the arched windows), and Emperor Frederick III of the Holy Roman Empire, who is said to have ridden his horse up the tower in 1452.
The Camanile was 8 € each.
Most people, when they go up in the Campanile, just take pictures of the things on the ground (photo 5). But the inside is interesting too. There is an elevator - you don't have to walk up.
The elevator (photo 4) is kind of dim inside and crowded and hard to take a picture. There is fancy ironwork in the elevator cage (photo 2). and the fancy gate at the bottom too (photo 3). These things are all part of the experience.
Fondest memory: There are the 5 bells of various sizes: the Nona, that chimed on the ninth hour, the Marangona (from "marangon", or carpenter), that chimed in the morning and evening – to mark the beginning and end of the working day, the Maleficio, that announced those condemned to death, and finally the Trottiera and the bell of the Pregadi, that called the judges and senators to their seats in the Doge's Palace. I don't think they will be rung while people are up there.
Favorite thing: To have these stupendous photos you have to climb Il Campanile for sure! Don't worry there is a lift for this visit mission! :)) And it's all for a minimum fee! :) Make sure not to miss this opportunity!
Favorite thing: Campanile di San Marco (campanile means 'bell tower') was constructed in the 10th century and received an overhaul in the 1500s after being damaged by an earthquake, giving it the profile that we see today. Inside the bell tower there are five large cast iron bells. Each bell has a name and a purpose; Marangona rang mornings and evenings at the beginning and end of the work day, Maleficio rang for capital executions, Nona rang at the 9th hour, Trottiera called magistrates to meetings in the Palazzo Ducale, and the bell of Pregadi called senators to the Palace.
Favorite thing: My grandmother took me to San Marco square - she thought we'd go in the Cathedral like my cousin did earlier. But she was too impatient to wait in line - we had to get back to the ship for an afternoon tour. So we went up the tower instead. Since I was tall, it was fairly easy for me to take photos over the tops of the other people who were milling around at the top of the tower.
go to the top of the Campanile. You get great views of venice, Make sure you take a camera.
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The Picture is the view from the tower.
Fondest memory: I miss travelling on the boats and looking at the different Islands in Venice.
go to the top of the San Marco bell tower – the view is amazing. You can see all the city. Surprise, you will not see much water.
Fondest memory: When I was on the top of the tower, Greek ship was leaving Venice’s port. It was bigger than San Giorgio Island!!!
Take a trip up the Campanile! You get great panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. You have to go up and down in a lift (so no good for claustraphobics), there can be quite a queue and sometimes it's really cold and windy up the top. But it's well worth it for the views.
(in the middle of this pic - 'The Bovolo' - see later).
Favorite thing: The tower is also located at San Marco. Pay whatever money to get in all these places because its all well worth you money!! You get pretty high up in the tower and its a great view! Also you have to see the people with the pigeons. Interesting though I don't personally suggest being the bird feeder. Watch others though, its good for a laugh!