St. Mark's Bell Tower - Skip The Line

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A visit to Venice is not complete unless you seize the opportunity to admire the city from above...

With its 99 metres of height, St Mark’s Campanile offers the best view over the city and its lagoon! However, many visitors often skip this fascinating landmark discouraged because of long queues at the entrance, and prefer spending more time sightseeing.

Thanks to our service you can book online your St Mark's Campanile tickets: the price includes a privileged skip-the-line entrance to San Marco Bell Tower which permits you to avoid the wastage of your precious time.

Campanile di San Marco tickets: fast and secure online reservation for skip-the-line entrance to one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Venice! Select the date and time you prefer, check for availability and book your visit to St Mark’s bell tower in Venice!

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How to book
  • The skip-the-line service is available only from 1st April to 31st October.
  • Choose the date, time of your visit and number of people.
  • Enter your personal information verifying its accuracy. Once the payment is made, the booking cannot be changed or cancelled.
  • Please pay by credit card.
  • The entry voucher may be downloaded at the end of the online booking reservation and it will be also sent to you via email.
  • The voucher is the only valid document and you can present it to our staff either on a paper copy or on a mobile device (smartphones, tablets or other devices). Without the voucher, entry will not be allowed.
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Venetoinside.com is the only official retailer of the skip-the-line to San Marco Venice Bell Tower. In addition to the cost of the entrance ticket to St Mark’s Campanile in Venice, the online reservation includes a surcharge of €5.00 for skip-the-line entrance service and booking fee.

The voucher you will receive at the end of booking is the only valid and recognized document to go up the campanile by taking advantage of our skip-the-line service for San Marco Bell Tower tickets. The voucher can be presented in paper or electronic format on mobile devices (smartphones, tablets or other devices).

San Marco Campanile tickets with skip-the-line entrance are restricted to individual visitors, since there are only 12 places available per time slot.

St Mark’s Campanile opening times for skip-the-line entrance

The service is only available from 1 April to 31 October. St Mark’s Campanile Venice tickets can be purchased online up to 10 minutes before the selected entrance time.
Please note that, during the daytime, there are at least two time options available per hour (12 places available for each option) according to the time slot you choose to access the Campanile di San Marco with skip-the-line service.

  • 10.15 / 10.30 / 10.45 am
  • 11.15 / 11.30 / 11.45 am
  • 12.15 / 12.30 / 12.45 pm
  • 1.15 / 1.30 / 1.45 pm
  • 2.15 / 2.30 / 2.45 pm
  • 3.00 / 3.30 / 3.45 pm
  • 4.15 / 4.30 / 4.45 pm
  • 5.00 / 5.15 / 5.30 / 5.45 pm
  • 6.00 pm

Campanile San Marco tickets with skip-the-line access
Full: €13.00
Concessions
Children up to 5 years old: free
From 6 to 18 years old: €9.00

PLEASE NOTE: to enjoy free admission to the bell tower, children up to 5 years old have to be held in their parents' arms. Otherwise children need a reduced ticket 6-18 years old because, as a matter of fact, they take up one of the places available in the lift.

You can go up and down the bell tower exclusively via lift: it is not possible to walk up, therefore this visit is not recommended to those who suffer from claustrophobia.

The visit to St Mark’s Campanile in Venice, Italy, will be suspended in case of unfavourable weather conditions (fog, strong wind, intense cold temperatures, ...).

For ticket holders with skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Campanile, the entrance door is located on the side of the tower connected to St Mark’s Square: once you are in front of the Campanile main entrance, you will find the door for visitors with online booking on the right. The voucher you receive at the end of the booking process contains all the instructions to help you reach the meeting place.

The online reservation for Campanile San Marco in Venice (ticket + skip-the-line service) is non-refundable: once the payment has been made, the booking cannot be changed and/or cancelled.

For reasons of force majeure (e.g. high water level) or in days with high turnout, the waiting time to go up the bell tower could last longer than expected. If such were the case, please respect the instructions given by the staff on site.

Book now your visit to the famous Campanile of St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy! The tickets include the skip-the-line service to save precious time on site… That you can spend doing other exciting activities!

  • Campanile di San Marco ticket price: €8.00 (this ticket can be purchased only on the spot and does not include the skip-the-line access)
  • Campanile di San Marco admission ticket with skip-the-line access: €13.00 (this ticket can be purchased exclusively online)

Description

The imposing structure of the St Mark’s Bell Tower in Venice - and especially its great height – gives the profile of Venice an unmistakable symbol of greatness: the St Mark’s Campanile in Venice overlooks the entire city and the surrounding lagoon, allowing those who climb it, particularly on clear days, to enjoy far-reaching views that extend almost as far as the Alps.

Built with the purpose of serving as a beacon for sailors of the lagoon, the original Piazza San Marco Bell Tower was built on Roman foundations - probably a watch tower - and completed in 1173. After various changes and transformations over the centuries, the current form of the Campanile of St. Mark's Square Venice is in line with the architecture of the 15th century, when it was renovated and designed by Giorgio Terror, under the direction of Bartolomeo Bon. The main differences can be seen in the marble belfry, the addition of the upper structure with four faces – on which the Lion of San Marco and Venice appear - and the slender spire of bronze bearing on the tip a golden statue of the Archangel Gabriel which, placed on a turntable, acts as a wind vane. The height of St Mark’s Campanile is almost 100 m.

Each of the five bells placed in the loggia of St Mark's Campanile has a role: the 'Marangona' - the only surviving original - announced the beginning and end of the working days of the 'cormorant' (carpenters Arsenal) and meetings of the Great Council; the 'Nona' marks the south and the 'Trottiera' warned the nobles who were attending the meetings of the Great Council, and the 'Mezza Terza' informed the meeting of the Senate, and finally the 'Malefico' informed of an execution.

In the history of science, the Campanile in St Mark’s Square in Venice reached its moment of glory in 1609 when Galileo proved right here the effectiveness of his telescope.

A special mention is deserved for the loggia of St Mark's Campanile - at the base of the tower - facing the basilica, which was built in the 16th century by Jacopo Sansovino. The marble structure of the loggia is decorated with statues and portraits of classical taste that represent allegories to celebrate the Venice Republic. The loggia was also the seat of the guard of Arsenalotti, the prestigious military-corporation of workers employed in the Arsenal of Venice, who stood guard at the meetings of the Great Council. Along with the bell tower, the work of Sansovino 'separates' St Mark’s Square from the smaller St Mark’s square.

On 14 July 1902 the St Mark’s Bell Tower Venice collapsed on the square: fortunately with no casualties or serious damage to the surrounding architectural treasures, but the tower and below the loggia were almost completely destroyed. Recovering what was left of the original fragments, the San Marco Campanile was rebuilt 'where it was and how it was' - the famous phrase given by the mayor Grimani in his speech after the incident – on 25 April 1912.

For those wishing to visit Venice, the majestic St Mark's Campanile admission and Sansovino loggia remain one of the attractions not-to-be-missed.

Campanile di San Marco - Opening hours

  • From 5th to 18th September
    8.30 am to 8.15 pm
  • From 19th to 30th September
    8.30 am to 7.45 pm
  • From 1st to 9th October
    9.30 am to 7.00 pm (last entry at 6.15 pm)
  • From 10th to 31st October
    9.30 am to 5.30 pm
  • From November 1st to April 9th
    9.30 am to 5.30 pm (last entry at 4.45 pm)
  • From April 10th to 12th June
    9.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • From June 13th to September 4th
    8.30 am to 9.30 pm (last entry at 8.45 pm)

110 reviews for St. Mark's Bell Tower - Skip The Line

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JackieH

April 2018

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 18 Apr `18 - Booking No. 1819977

'No queue to get up, great views'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

Great service , bought online, printed my email and went to side door where we were given priority access to next lift going up , avoiding the long queue out front. Great views from the top, although had to queue to get down Worth the small fee to use this service if you have limited time in Venice and/or don’t like queues.

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10/10

Robbo

April 2018

Other

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 18 Apr `18 - Booking No. 184380

'Well worth it!'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

So pleased we purchased this skip the line ticket as the line up was extremely long.

Strengths

Fantastic view, great experience and skipping the line saves so much time for someone with limited time.

Weaknesses

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10/10

Chris

April 2018

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 18 Apr `18 - Booking No. 1813362

'Christine Brenner'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

The skip the line for St Mark's and the Bell Tower were PERFECT!!!! We had a bad experience with a boat ride but I don't think that was through you guys!

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10/10

Andy

October 2017

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 11 Nov `17 - Booking No. 17143108

'Amazing Views'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

Would definitely recommend booking a 'skip the line' tour, it does mean you have to be a little organized with your times, but worth it. We went to a door at the side of the building in the square, waited for our time slot and got straight in - there were long lines on the other side. We ended up taking the elevator up, although had booked to walk the stairs. The views from the top were wonderful and well worth seeing.

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Irisserl

October 2017

Family with children

AUSTRIA

Reviewed on 11 Nov `17 - Booking No. 17177220

'Bell tower'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

Everything was fine!

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9/10

Luke

August 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 22 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17159897

'Great service'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

Great service, easy to use website, and we had no issue in using the tickets sent to us in digital format at the entrances straight from our android device. I would note that the entrance times are strict, so you must arrive on time or risk your express ticket becoming invalid.

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10/10

Ana

August 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 21 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17146626

'Amazing views'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

Skip the line is wonderful specially attractions that are so popular in Venice.

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Weaknesses

Your site is easy to used, prices are the best when compared to others sites. And you gets your vouchers immediately. Didn't have any problems redeeming them in Venice.

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10/10

roberto

September 2017

Family with children

SPAIN

Reviewed on 18 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17161710

'an incredible time saver'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

A very good experience that I recommend without a doubt

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10/10

shellkem

September 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 18 Sep `17 - Booking No. 1754227

'Skip the Line Pre-Booking Worth It'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

We were so glad that we booked our 'skip the line' entrance ticket into the St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice. The standard lines were long and by purchasing the 'skip the line' ticket, we were able to gain entry with no wait. A real time-saver!

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10/10

Bidli

August 2017

Other

SWITZERLAND

Reviewed on 16 Sep `17 - Booking No. 17160917

'Perfect view from the Campanile di San Marco'

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St. Mark's Bell Tower in Venice - Skip the line Entry

The option to pre-book tickets for the Campanile and not having to wait in a queue is very nice. When the weather is good, the views from the Campanile are fantastic.

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