THE 10 MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF VENICE
WHAT TO VISIT – SEE IN VENICE
10 ATTRACTIONS NOT TO BE MISSED IN VENICE
SAN MARCO BELL TOWER
– Short historical notes: The bell tower of San Marco is one of the most important symbols of the city of Venice. The Venetians affectionately call it “El parón de casa” (The landlord) and is one of the main monuments of Venice. The Bell tower base is 12 meters per side. The height of the bell tower is 98.5 meters (one of the highest in Italy). The final part of the bell tower is formed by the arched bell cell, over this cell you can see the Venice lions and female figures of Venice (Giustizia), over these rapresentations you can see a pyramidal cusp and, finally, on the top of this cusp you can see the golden statue of the archangel Gabriel that is on a rotating platform (it move with the wind). The construction of the bell tower took place between the IX and XIV centuries on the imitation of the bell tower of Aquileia. Over the years it was damaged and repaired several times. Normally it was damaged by lightning (actually it seems a big lightning rod). But the most significant event was the collapse of the bell tower at 9:47 am in 1902 due to incorrect works on the exterior wall. Fortunately there were no victims. The bell tower was rebuilt the same as before (the topic used, was “Where was and how it was”) and was inaugurated in 1912. Click here to view the official page of the history of San Marco bell tower. To reach the top of the bell tower there is an elevator (THERE ARE NO STAIRS). Even today it is one of the most evocative places in Venice. You will enjoy a unique and breathtaking view.
– Opening time and tickets prices:
October 1st – October 27th: 9.30am – 6.00pm (last entrance 5.45pm) (adults: € 8 full price, reduced age between 6 and 18 years € 4, reduced more than 19 years € 6 only for groups of more than 25 people)
October 28th – March 31st: 9.30am – 4.45pm (last entrance 16.30) (adults: full price € 8, reduced age between 6 and 18 years € 4, reduced more than 19 years 6 € only for groups more than 25 people)
April 1st – April 15th: 9.00 – 17.30 (last entrance 16.45) (adults: € 8 full price, reduced age between 6 and 18 years € 4, reduced more than 19 years € 6 only for groups over 25 people)
April 16th – September 30th: 8.30am – 9.00pm (last entrance 20.45) (adults: full € 8, reduced age between 6 and 18 years € 4, reduced more than 19 years € 6 only for groups over 25 people )
WARNING – In case of unfavorable weather conditions (fog, strong wind, intense cold) the campan ile will remain closed
– Skip the line: To skip the line you can book your entrance clicking here. The service is available from 01 April to 31 October and has an extracharge of € 5.00. You can choose between the available time slots (2 or 3 per hour, for a maximum of 12 people per band)
– Official links: The official link is the same as the Basilica of San Marco. Click here
FINAL ADVICES: Reserve your entrance in advance because there are 2 or 3 options per hours per 12 people maximum. Remember that often there are long line (waiting times even longer than 1 hour). Belive me, you must visit it. You will enjoy a breathtaking view and a spectacular landscape of one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world.
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