St. Mark's Bell Tower - Skip The Line

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192 Reviews

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 this 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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  • The skip-the-line service is available only from 1 April to 1 November.
  • 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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In addition to the cost of the entrance ticket to St Mark’s Campanile in Venice, the online reservation includes a surcharge 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 1 November. 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, the time slot to access the Campanile di San Marco have 12 places available for each option, only. 

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!

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

  • 1 - 15 April
    9.00 am - 5.30 pm (last admission 4.45 pm)
  • 16 April 16 - 30 September
    8.30 am – 9.00 pm (last admission 8.45 pm)
  • 1 - 27 October
    9.30 am – 6.00 pm (last admission 5.45 pm)
  • 28 October – 31 March
    9.30 am – 4.45 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)

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

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10/10

MIkel1971

April 2019

Family with children

FRANCE

Reviewed on 05 May `19 - Booking No. 1923134

'Le campanile Saint Marc'

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

Le campanile doit faire partie des immanquables de Venise. Il offre une vision à 360° sur la cité des doges et permet de la comprendre. L'accès coupe file évite d'attendre de longues minutes avant d'accéder, c'est un gros plus

Strengths

La vue, l'accès coupe file

Weaknesses

L'attente pour ceux qui prennent un accès normal

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9.5/10

Mick

April 2019

Young couple

HUNGARY

Reviewed on 01 May `19 - Booking No. 1925449

'Really fast entry, great experience'

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

The entry was really fast without any queue. Polite staff, not too much crowd up in the tower (Monday around 10:30 am).

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10/10

Joanie

October 2018

Group of friends

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 05 Jan `19 - Booking No. 18207354

'Bell Tower-Venice'

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

This skip the line ticket was worth every penny. The separate entrance makes the tour very enjoyable and stress free.

Strengths

We went in one of the last tours and the sunset was amazing!

Weaknesses

N/A

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8/10

marie

October 2018

Family with children

FRANCE

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18201795

'nice museum'

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

a nice museum to visit. the skip the line ticket is not necessary if it is not high season (for exemple end of october)

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Chelala

October 2018

Mature couple

PANAMA

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18208722

'Simplest Way'

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

Out of time and with a lot to see. I came here and bought the campanilo ticket. No line just the experience. The people very kind respected our ticket and just straight up

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m

October 2018

Young couple

CANADA

Reviewed on 12 Nov `18 - Booking No. 18207684

'Skip The Line St Mark’s Bell Tower'

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

Everything was straight forward - we were standing in the square and booked our tickets 15 minutes before one of the entry times. Information was simple and direct, tickets did not need to be printed. We were able to pass the huuuuge line outside and get up to the top immediately.

Strengths

Quick

Weaknesses

-

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10/10

Msol

August 2018

Family with children

SPAIN

Reviewed on 31 Aug `18 - Booking No. 1821525

'Espectaculares vistas y sin espey'

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

Todo perfecto. No esperamos nada. Merece la pena.

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MBF

August 2018

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 30 Aug `18 - Booking No. 1830632

'Glad we booked!'

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

We were glad we booked ahead as there was a line waiting for tickets. What a fantastic view of Venice from the top!

Strengths

Immediate entry

Weaknesses

It was not immediately clear upon arrival that the quick entry was around to the right side when approaching from the docks. However, in all fairness, our printed copy told us exactly where to go. We had just booked in advance and forgotten that.

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Pagongor

July 2018

Mature couple

MEXICO

Reviewed on 21 Jul `18 - Booking No. 1813865

'Excelente opción'

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

Gran ahorro de tiempo de fila. Lindas vistas de Venezia, muy bonitas fotografías. Fue un alivio saber que se sube con ascensor!!

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Travelers

June 2018

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 05 Jul `18 - Booking No. 1819507

'Thank you'

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

Avoided a long line on a hot day. Friendly security and easy on-time entry. Glad we made use of our valuable time and had a great experience!

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