One of the most striking structures in Venice is the Campanile: the bell tower that rises high over St. Mark’s Square.
It was originally built in the 9th century, but has been reconstructed several times, most recently in 1912 after the tower’s 1902 collapse. It’s also famous for hosting an early demonstration of Galileo’s telescope.
Taking a trip to the top of the bell tower affords a magnificent view of the city and the surrounding islands.
But it’s a popular attraction and the queues can stretch across St. Mark’s Square. Not much fun on a hot day. The best times to visit are early in the morning before the crowds arrive, or in the early evening after the cruise ships have departed for the day.
We visited at around 7:30pm, which turned out to be ideal. The light was perfect, casting a warm glow across the whole city.
Tickets cost €8 per adult.