Torre dell'Orologio, Venice

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A distinctive feature of the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Torre dell'Orologio keeps time on an early Renaissance building over the Merceria entrance. In the 15th century, this was strategically placed high above the piazza so travelers looking into the city from the lagoon could recognize Venice's wealth and innovation. In the lower two floors of the clock tower, an archway connects the political center and commercial centers of the city. Add Torre dell'Orologio to your Venice travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Venice attractions planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We really wanted to go on the clock tower's interior tour, which is best to book online. However, we found out how hot the temperature would be inside when we're there & how many steps we needed to cl...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We really enjoyed this tour. I booked it on-line before we arrived in Venice. The woman giving the tour was very knowledgeable. Nice small group of people, and the views were wonderful. An easy climb ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Represents one of the gateways to the wonderful Piazza San Marco. It can be accessed for a fee and join a guided tour.
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  • Not the oldest structure in the neighborhood, but maybe the most captivating. Something about historical clocks that always gets my attention, and this one is beautiful.
  • Amazing building/tower, you really need to take time to watch the details, both on the tower and clock.
  • This place was a part of museum pass. I am sure it was nice inside. Unfortunately we could not get inside as it is for prearranged tours only. Although building is on St. Marks square there is a tiny door leading inside the museum that is not easy to spot. It's across the American bistro.
  • Clock Tower, book tickets online, then collect from across the square at Corr museum on the 1st floor. Arrive 15 mins early!
  • The first digital clock ever created. The tower is grandiose and impressive. Must see in Venice.

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