Campanile di San Marco

The Basilica di San Marco’s bell tower, the Campanile di San Marco, stands about 100m tall.

Must-Do's Venice Published on 31 July 2018

Clad in brick and built on Roman foundations, it is one of the most recognisable symbols of the city. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of Venice!

Highlights: Don’t forget to take a gander at the golden weathervane of the Archangel Gabriel on the top! A local saying holds that “when the Archangel appears to urinate on the Basilica, it’s going to rain”. In other words, when the angel faces northeast!

Time to Explore: About half an hour

Top Tips: The Campanile is closed in the event of intense cold, wind or fog. Also, the bell tower you’ll see before you is only about 100 years old! It collapsed in 1902 and had to be rebuilt.

What’s Close? The Basilica di San Marco, the Piazza San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, the Torre dell’Orologio, the Museo Correr, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, and the Riva degli Schiavoni.

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