Campanile di San Marco, Venice

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Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia, Italy +39 041 2708311

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    Zoom up the Campanile for great views

    by Tijavi Updated Nov 12, 2008

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    Unlike in many Italian cities where you have to be fit (to climb hundreds of steps in claustrophobic conditions) to enjoy superb city views, Venice - its Campanile (bell tower), to be specific - takes tourists up the 99-meter tower in no time (and effort) at all through an efficient lift system. Not fun, if you are like me who considers the effort in climbing up as part of the experience. Somehow the reward of spectacular views is not as sweet as when actual physical exertion is involved. In any case, this is highly recommended and offers countless photo opportunities of the city's unique character.

    But I doubt if that was that easy (to get to the top) when the tower was first built in the 10th century (which was destroyed in the 1902 and rebuilt since then), when the elevator didn't exist, much less electric power.

    As the pictures will indicate, the weather was lovely when I went up. I initially planned to visit the Campanile a day prior to that, but the weather was not as good with occasional drizzles and very cloudy - not very good conditions for outdoor photography. The catch of visiting the Campanile on a fine day was the higher entrance fee of 7 euros vs. 6 euros when weather was not as good.

    San Zaccaria area The Campanile San Zanipolo from the Campanile Gondolas on Piazza San Marco Cannaregio
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    The bell tower

    by lina112 Written Sep 4, 2008

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    The campanille is 99 meters high and it´s situated in front of St Marks. Is the highest point of Venice and offers a wonderful sights of the city. The original tower is from c XI and suffered a fire in c. XV. The present one is from c. XX.

    Torre de 99 metros de altura que se encuentra al lado de la basilica de San Marcos. Es el punto mas alto de la ciudad y ofrece una vista maravillosa. El original era del siglo XI, pero sufrió numerosos avatares entre ellos un incendio en el siglo XV. El actual es del siglo XX.

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    St Mark's Campanile

    by mallyak Written Sep 1, 2008

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    St Mark's Campanile is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica in Venice, located in the square (piazza) of the same name. It is a recognizable symbol of the city.

    The tower is 98.6 meters 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 plain brick shaft, 12 meters on a side and 50 meters tall, above which is the arched belfry, housing five bells. The belfry is topped by a cube, alternate faces of which show walking lions and the female representation of Venice (la Giustizia: Justice). 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. As it stands today, however, the tower is a reconstruction, completed in 1912 after the collapse of 1902.

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    Campanile

    by tuff Written Jun 18, 2008

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    The Campanile, located in St. Mark's Square was built in 1496 and has an enameled timepiece and animated figures of Moors that strike the hour. The bell tower is a copy of the original 9th century tower, which collapsed in 1902.

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    St Mark's Campanile

    by ealgisi Written Apr 30, 2008

    This is the bell tower of St Mar's Basilica.
    98.6 meters tall, with his simple form, with his bellfry topped by a cube, and alternate faves show walking lions and the Justice (female representation of Venice).

    The initial construction is back in the ninth century, originally used as watch tower for the dock.
    The construction ended in the twelfth century.

    During a fire back in 1489, has been seriously damaged, and the campanile has assumed the definitive shape in the sixteenth century.

    Back in 1902 the wall that faces the north, began to show signs of a dangerous crack and finally the 14th of july the campanile totally collapsed demolishing also the logetta.

    The 6th of March 1012, the campanile has been finished.

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    Camplanile di San Marco

    by wilocrek Written Mar 31, 2008

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    Known by many as simply "the bell tower", this campanile is arguably the most famous of its kind. The 98 meter belltower of San Marco is actually a replica of it's 1000yr old predecessor which collapsed in 1902. The function of this bell tower, besides being a bell tower or course, was for communication, and of course an allusion to the power of men, in reference of course to the fact its shaped like a phallus. What is it with the ancient Italians and their facination with the phallus?

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    Up Up Up

    by darkjedi Written Mar 8, 2008

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    In front of St Mark's Basilica is the Campanile . Built in the 9th century, it once served as a watchtower and lighthouse protecting the city from enemy fleets.The camanile is 97m high and on top is a golden statue of the Archangel Gabriel. The statue is 3 metres high and has big wings that work like a weather vane and when pushed by the wind, make it rotate. When the angel is facing the Basilica, it is a sign that there will be high water.

    We went in March and the queue for the lift was about 5 minutes and cost Euro 8. Opening hours: October-March 9:45am-4pm; April-June 9:30am-5pm; July-September 9:45am-8pm.

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    Campanile

    by grayfo Written Mar 5, 2008

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    In front of the Basilica is St. Marks Campanile or as the locals call it "Master of the house". The tower is 97 metres high and on top is a golden statue of the Archangel Gabriel. The statue is 3 metres high and has big wings that, when pushed by the wind, make it rotate. For the Venetians, when the angel is facing the Basilica, it is a sign that there will be high water.

    Originally the site of a lookout tower from the 9th century, it has gone through various guises until its present style around 1511-3. In 1902 the tower collapsed and it was decided to rebuild as it was, and by 1912 the angel was back on top.

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    Views are beathtaking

    by olgaehr Written Nov 20, 2007

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    Climb up on the campanile (by elevator). I am not sure about the hours, I believe they close early though, so do this as soon as you can.

    Once you are there, there is really nothing much to do but to look at gorgeous views of Venice and Piazza Marco

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    Great views from the Campanile

    by slcook52 Written Oct 29, 2007

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    OK while your're doing the obligatory San Marco area, I think the lift ride and the 6 euros to the top of the Campanile is worth it for the views out over the lagoon and all of Venice really. Especially don't miss it on a nice day. Its neat to see the piazza from this vantage point.

    Oh the views!
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    Campanile di San Marco

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 24, 2007

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    The main landmark of Venice is the Campanile die San Marco. It was built in the 12th century but collapsed in 1902.

    The rebuilt Campanile is 98 m high and includes a lift to an observation deck. The admission to the observation deck is 6 Euro (2004).

    Directions:
    The Campanile di San Marco can be found in the San Marco district at St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco).

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    The Campanile

    by STEFZAMM Updated Sep 16, 2007

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    Rectangular Tower connecting St. Mark's Piazza to St. Mark's Piazetta. It was built between the 10th and the 12th century, while the roof was built in the 15th century. On the 14th of July 1902, the tower collapsed but it was rebuilt in the 1912. It is 99m high from which one can see a picturesque view of this enchanted city, probably the tallest building in Venice.

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    Salita Al Campanile

    by bren1125 Written Sep 14, 2007

    The views from the top of the basilica are breathtaking.

    The que for this can be long but worth it.

    The cost for entrance is E6,00

    After purchasing your ticket you enter into the elevator and go to the top quickly.

    Stay as long as you want.

    It can be cooler at the top so take a light jacket.

    Salita al Campanile Views from the top of the Campanile Views from the Campanile
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    Campanile

    by ruki Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    The Campanile is 98,60 meters high and it is the most highest campanile in Venice. There is elevator which will lead you at the top for 6 EUROS. The view from the top is amazing. It is the best to go earlier in the morning to escape the crowd.
    Open everyday from Oct-Feb daily 9:30am-4pm Mar-June daily 9am-7pm July-Sept daily 9am-9pm

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    the bells

    by paragianna75 Written May 14, 2007

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    Visiting the Campanille and going up to the top gives great view of the city and canals.The bell tower has 5 bells that each one of them used to have a specific role.
    MARANGONA is the main bell and it was ringing when the work was going to start and end.
    TROTTIERA was ringing to announce the sessions of the Great Council.
    NONA was ringing for the noon.
    MEZZA TERZA for the reunions of the Senate.
    RENGHIERA or MALEFICIO is the smallest one and its role was to announce the executions.

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