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Clock Tower

Clock Tower

St Mark's Square, Venice

The Clock Tower of San Marco Square, Venice, Italy, is one of the most famous symbols of the city: a masterpiece of architecture and engineering marking the time of the Venice Republic for over five centuries.

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The Clock Tower Venice admission can be done conveniently online, choosing the date, time and language. Unlike other musei civici in Venice, the Venice Clock Tower tickets – the Clock Tower Venice price is € 12.50 - including a dedicated guide, available in Italian, English and French. Guided tours of the Clock Tower in Piazza San Marco in Venice Italy are held every day - two slots per language - and the ticket also includes admission to the combined visit of the Correr Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Venice and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.

St Mark’s ClockTower is at the elegant entrance to St Mark’s Square from the ancient Merceria and at the same time provides an element of connection and rupture between the various parts of the square, a sort of 'triumphal arch' which opens or closes, depending on your perspective, the parade of buildings that borders the largest and most famous open space of Venice.

The fascinating story of St Mark’s ClockTower in Venice began in 1493, with a resolution of the Senate for the construction of a new clock tower. Its construction sees the involvement of several architects - the initial project of Mauro Codussi was followed by work of Giorgio Massari and Andrea Camerata - and continued through the centuries with some relevant changes to the original project.

The Venice Clock Tower visit winds through the entire building, divided into five floors. The stone stairs at the entrance introduces you to the first room, where you will hear the fascinating Venice Clock Tower history and see some of the mechanisms of the clock in action. The St Mark’s Clock Tower tour continues to the mechanisms of the clock, accessible via a spiral staircase: you will be able to admire it up close and learn about its most important functions.

The next staircase will take you to the upper floor where you will see two of the most famous statues of the Venice Clock Tower, the Three Kings and the Angel - visible from the outside only on the days of the Epiphany and the Ascension - and another part of the complex mechanism of the clock. The next floor is home to a small museum of the Venice Clock Tower, where a few pieces of the 1400s machinery are kept.

The St Mark’s clock tower tour ends outside: from the side terraces, another spiral staircase leads to the terrace of the Moors of Venice. Here, in addition to the famous Moors of Venice, the St Mark’s Square Clock Tower offers stunning views of Venice and its lagoon.

Because the Venice Clock Tower visit includes cramped spaces and numerous staircases the guided tour is not recommended for pregnant women, people with mobility problems or those suffering from claustrophobia, vertigo, and cardio-respiratory disorders. The entrance to St Mark’s ClockTower in Venice Italy is not suitable for children under 6 years.

The St Mark’s Clock Tower tour will allow you to see up close the most famous parts of this amazing building:

The machinery of the clock is the focal point of the entire tower, a complex system that, through a complex series of movements marks the passing of time and operates the different mechanisms - such as the Moors, the astronomical machine and the hand on the side of Mercerie. This exceptional Clock Tower in San Marco Square in Venice Italy has been working since the end of the 15th century and has undergone significant changes only in the mid-18th century.

The three Wise Men and the Angel with the trumpet is one of the most popular attractions of Venice. Initially, the Angel and the Three Wise Men went out in a procession every hour, but the delicate mechanisms that regulate the operation has required a drastic reduction of their appearances. The wooden statues of the Three Wise Men and the Angel visible today are the work of GioBatta Alviero (1755). The sporadic appearances on the outside also involve the two small doors from which the statues come out in a procession from the St Mark’s ClockTower: a visit will let you see these two wonderful items, decorated with two golden embossed angels.

Another distinctive feature of the St. Mark's Clock Tower in Venice is the Moors. Cast by Ambrogio delle Ancore in 1497 - there is no certain evidence on the name of the sculptor - the Moors have a very accurate and evident form, allowing one to tell their unmistakable shape even from a long distance. The name, the Moors of Venice, refers to the colour of the patina of the metal. From the terrace of the Moors, in addition to admiring the colossal statues and the impressive bell, you will be able to enjoy unrivalled views of Venice and the lagoon.

Please note that the meeting point for the Venice Clock Tower visit is the ticket office at the Correr Museum, where you should arrive at least 5 minutes before your booked time.


Clock Tower in Venice – Opening Hours

  • Venice Clock Tower visit in Italian
    Every day: 12pm and 4pm
  • Venice Clock Tower visit in English
    Mondays to Wednesdays: 10am and 11am
    Thursdays to Sundays: 2pm and 3pm
  • Venice Clock Tower visit in French
    Mondays to Wednesdays: 2pm and 3pm
    Thursdays to Sundays: 10am and 11am

Closing dates: 25 December, New Year’s Day