Bell Tower (Campanile di San Marco)
St Mark's Bell Tower © Luca Volpi
Originally built in the 9th century, this 318 feet (97m) bell tower is the highest structure in Venice, offering visitors breathtaking views of the cupolas of St Mark's, the lagoon and neighbouring islands, as well as church domes and red rooftops. When the air is clear, one can even spot snow-capped peaks of the distant Dolomite Mountains. Once a lighthouse to assist navigation on the lagoon, the tower collapsed unexpectedly in 1902 but was rebuilt exactly as before, even rescuing one of the five historical bells that are still in use today. Each bell was rung for a different purpose, such as war, the death of a doge or religious holidays.
Address: San Marco, Piazza San Marco
Opening times: Open November to April from 7am to 3.45pm; and in July to September from 9am to 9pm.
Admission: €8 (adults)