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Bell Tower in St Mark’s Square: Admission, Opening times & Info

Bell Tower in St Mark’s Square | The famous Venetian Bell Tower or Campanile is 98.6 meters high and thus the highest building in Venice. Campanile is the name given to a bell tower that is located next to a church building but is not integrated into the church.

Originally the tower was a lighthouse, today it is the symbol of the city, which is often called El paron de casa (Lord of the house).

The History of the Bell Tower

The History of the Bell Tower

The construction of the tower began between 888 and 911, with work being interrupted several times and finally completed under Tribuno Memmo. In 1172, the so-called sound arcades were added and redesigned in 1329. Finally, in 1510, the spire was added and seven years later a statue depicting the Archangel Gabriel was added.

Lightning strikes and earthquakes damaged the tower several times, and in 1902 the Campanile collapsed due to large cracks caused by the installation of an elevator. On the evening of the collapse, the town council decided to rebuild the tower and in 1912 it was inaugurated.

On the Thursday before Rose Monday, the so-called Flight of the Angel takes place here, an old carnival tradition in which an angel is lowered from the Campanile. Today the sandy ground still causes problems, during the last renovation the foundation got a titanium support ring because a second time the Campanile should not collapse in any case.

You can also learn a lot about the history of the St. Mark’s Tower on an unusual tour through a hidden Venice, also possible in combination with a gondola ride.

Admission fees for the Bell Tower

Here is a list of all available tickets for the Bell Tower. The skip-the-line ticket can be purchased for € 18.50. Children from 0-5 years have free admission. Minors whom an adult does not accompany are not admitted. Further exciting offers can be found in this table.

Bell TowerPrice*Online Tickets
Skip-the-Line Ticket18.50 €Book online
🎟️ Bestseller
Doge's Palace + St. Mark's Campanile
46.50 €Book online
Venice Views: Pisani,
St.Mark's Basilica & Bell-Tower
66.00 €Book online
St.Mark's Square Pass77.00 €Book online

Remember that even with a skip-the-line ticket, you may have to queue. Waiting times can vary greatly. Depending on the time of day, day of the week, weather, and season, the queue can sometimes be very long and there have been waiting times of several hours.

Especially in the warmer months, it is important to remember to wear suitable sun protection, to have enough water, and, above all, to be considerate of children.

🎟️ A reservation in connection with the Doge’s Palace is also possible directly. Along with St. Mark’s Basilica, both are among the top sights of the lagoon city.

Doge’s Palace + Campanile – Combination Ticket

Opening hours of the Campanile – Bell Tower

The opening hours of St. Mark’s Cathedral and the bell tower are not necessarily identical. Especially in the long summer nights, it is worth mentioning the possibility of watching Venice from above until 21:00.

CampanileOpening timesLast admission
January to December9:30 a.m - 9:15 p.m8:45 p.m

However, all opening times are subject to change. Changes are also possible at any time due to weather conditions.

The bells of Campanile

Bell Tower in St Mark's Square

Everywhere in Venice, you can hear the five bronze bells, which had different functions at the time of the republic. The Maleficio and Renghiera bells were used to announce executions, the Nonna sounded at noon, the Senators were called by the Mezza Terza to the Doge’s Palace, and the beginning of the session was announced with the help of the Trottiera.

Today the bells are rung mainly for liturgical purposes or funerals and at fixed times on weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On festive days and weekends, all five bells are rung together, with the smallest bell always starting and the others being added.

An allusion to city life

Bell Tower in St Mark's Square

On the ground floor of the bell tower is the so-called Loggetta, built by Jacopo Sansovino. The loggetta has a total of three arches, each with a niche and marble reliefs, depicting the island of Cyprus, the island of Crete, and the justice system of Venice.

The title also alludes to city life and its territories. Some also refer to the tower as a scientific landmark, as Galileo Galilei used the Bell Room as a laboratory and observed the sky from there.

Goethe is also said to have seen the sea for the first time from the Bell Tower. Also known as the Venetian expression Andemo a bever un ombra, which means let’s go and drink a glass of wine in the shade of the Campanile. It was founded in 1872 when many of the restaurants around the Bell Tower were closed.

View from Campanile

Bell Tower in St Mark's Square

As the surroundings of Venice are extremely flat and the city does not have any higher buildings worth mentioning, the panorama from the tower is very impressive. The view of the island, especially San Giorgio Maggiore and the lagoon in front of Giudecca with its numerous ships is also highly recommended.

If you are interested in a boat tour outside the canals of Venice, you should join a boat tour on the Giudecca Canal. A beautiful panoramic tour.

On particularly beautiful days, even the Dolomites are visible from the Campanile, whose snow-covered mountain peaks represent a very special motif, especially in winter and spring.

An important tower for the city of Venice

An important tower for the city of Venice

Even from the outside, the striking St. Mark’s Tower is a very special treasure, and the magnificent view makes a trip to the viewing platform, which can be reached by lift, worthwhile, even if waiting times vary greatly depending on the time of day and season.

The bells start ringing very loudly, so it is advisable for children to wear ear protection. The Campanile is one of the most photographed buildings in Venice.

✅ Tip: You can also get a lot more information on a guided tour of the city around St Mark’s Square.

Guided tour around St Mark’s Square

Location: How to get to the bell tower?

The Bell Tower on the famous Piazza San Marco, perhaps one of the most famous squares in the world, is a landmark. Those who pass by here can be photographed with the pigeons, visit St. Mark’s Cathedral, and of course the adjacent Doge’s Palace with its famous Bridge of Sighs.

All this takes time and to be prepared in the best way you can read all about the entrance to St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace here. Don’t underestimate the waiting times, because there is still much to discover in Venice.

Here again the journey times by public transport to St. Mark’s Square from Santa Lucia railway station or Piazzale Roma bus station:

🛥️ Waterbus line 1: approx. 40 minutes – Drive through Canal Grande
🛥️ Waterbus line 5.1: approx. 25 minutes
🛥️ Waterbus line 2: approx. 25 minutes – Drive through Canal Grande

Practical advice

In extreme weather conditions, it is possible that the Bell Tower will be closed. This applies, for example, to fog, strong winds, or icy cold.


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