Book your visit in advance and climb to the top of the bell tower to enjoy a breathtaking view over Venice!
- Skip the line and enter St. Mark’s Bell Tower thruogh a privileged lane with your personalized QR CODE
- Duration: about 30 minutes
St. Mark’s bell tower, affectionately nicknamed "el paron de casa" (the landlord) by the Venetians as it masters the city with its height, offers a breathtaking view of Venice and its lagoon. The five refined bells (named Marangona, Nona, Trottiera, Pregadi and Maleficio) keep marking the time of the city and its inhabitants still nowadays.
The first tower in Piazza San Marco was erected in the 11th century to serve as a lighthouse for sailors arriving in Venice. Only at the beginning of the 16th century the bell tower took on the iconic aspect that we all know today. Right from the top of the Bell Tower, Galileo Galilei made the first demonstration of the functioning of his revolutionary telescope.
In 1902, due to work not carried out correctly, the bell tower collapsed; it was rebuilt in 1912 exactly "as it was and where it was".
St. Mark’s bell tower is also the protagonist of the famous "Flight of the Angel", a 16th century tradition that sees the "flight" of the person chosen as the Angel of the Carnival from the top of the bell tower to St. Mark’s Square.
- The ticket includes the entrance to the bell tower
- It is forbidden to enter the bell tower with luggages, bagpacks or voluminous bags. It is possible to store your luggage renting the lockers present at San Basso Office, in Piazzetta dei Leonici (on the leftside of the Basilica)
- The top of the bell tower will be reached by elevator. The stairs are used only in case of emergency.
By purchasing a priority entrance, you can access the Bell Tower directly through the Loggetta del Sansovino (the building at the base of the tower) by scanning the QR Code on the ticket.