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St Mark's Campanile, Venice

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Overlooking the city's famous lagoon, St Mark's Campanile is one of the Venice's most recognizable symbols. Originally constructed as a lighthouse, this 99 m (323 ft) tall bell tower stands alone in one corner of St. Mark's Square. The tower's simple form has a fluted brick shaft topped by a belfry housing five bells. A pyramidal spire with a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel caps the tower. Constructed in the ninth century on ancient Roman foundations, the bell tower underwent a massive reconstruction after a sudden collapse in 1902. Once the site of Galileo's observatory, the tower now features an elevator for easy access to the top and views of the lagoon and distant Alps. Plan your visit to St Mark's Campanile and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Venice itinerary planner.
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  • Without a doubt, is the best view of Venice. The queue is a bit large, the ticket costs 8 euros but is very worthwhile. Has no stairs, the climb is the elevator. Upstairs, the view is 360°, and simply charming. If you are lucky to be up there when it completes a new hour of the day, it will be deaf to the bells from the belfry that touch every hour.
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  • You get an excellent view of central Venice from the top. Unfortunately the day I chose to visit was extremely cold (something like -11 C) so it was a quick visit. I took a few photos and went back do...  more »
  • This place can be reached via a, paid, elevator. Very busy place. But it is definitely worth its money. You have a magnificent view of Venice and some of the surrounding islands. An absolute must if you are in Venice.
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  • If you want an amazing view over Venice, this is the place to go. It is 8,00€ in total and there are no discounts for students... but it is totally worth it. An elevator takes you up to the top of the tower.
  • 8 euros for breathtaking views of Venice and the surrounding sea. Absolutely do not miss!! Came during the late afternoon and the line was about 30 minutes long. We only spent about 10-15 minutes up top but definitely worth it. Bonus: rolling sea breeze felt so good.
  • One of most famous campaniles all over the world, built more than five centuries ago and reconstructed in 1912 after collapsing in 1902. Nearly 100 meters tall it offers to the physically fit or to the one who can afford a ticket for the elevator, a great view of Venice. Worth visiting. Be prepared for medium to long queues._
  • The tower itself is magnificent and powerful. €8 gets you to the top. The view is silently intriguing. Must see in Venice.
  • Great plaza with shops and cafes - most often full of tourists and pigeons. Great people watching, but the street performers are entertaining as well. Grab a coffee and enjoy the views, weather permitting.