Hidden treasures

The leaning bell tower on the island of Burano in the Venice lagoon

Historical Curiosities
campanile-burano

The leaning bell tower on the island of Burano in the Venice lagoon

The Venice lagoon has many small islands just waiting to be discovered! Burano is certainly one of them: houses with brightly colours, princess laces, delicious cookies and much more!

One of the symbols of the island is the leaning tower of St. Martin's Church, built in the sixteenth century.

Attributed to the architect Andrea Tirali, who built it between 1703 and 1714, it has a square plan and is 6,20 metre wide at the bottom and 53 meters high.

Its brick cusp is surmounted by an Istrian stone which is larger than the top: this element served originally as the base for the bronze angel destroyed by the hurricane that struck the island on 25 September, 1867. It was later replaced with an iron cross.

The structure became unstable already during the construction stage, which progressed slowly until the Second World War, when an acceleration of the problem forced the City of Venice to carry out static consolidation works, which ended in 1970.

If you wish to visit the island of Burano and its hidden corners we would like to suggest two fascinating tours led by an expert local guide: Burano Secret Corners and Guided tour of Burano and the island of San Francesco del Deserto. They follow the same route, with the latter including an additional visit to the monastery of San Francesco del Deserto.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: The Church of Santa Croce degli Armeni in Venice

chiesa-di-santa-croce-armeni-venezia
Unknown places & works

The city of Venice has always been cosmopolitan and very tolerant of other religious confessions ... It is no surprise therefore that, ...

View

Treviso: The Molinetto della Croda in Marca Trevigiana

molinetto-croda
Unknown places & works

Marca Trevigiana (this is how the area around the city of Treviso has been referred to since the 13th century) is an area rich in art a...

View

Venice: Doge Pietro Tradonico and the Island of Poveglia in the Venice lagoon

poveglia-venezia
Historical Curiosities

The Island of Poveglia, in the Venice lagoon, is considered by paranormal experts as one of the world’s most haunted places, normally...

View

Padua: The Castle of Catajo

catajo
Historical Curiosities

Cities in the Italian Veneto region are full of history and fascinating monuments... But the countryside surrounding them reserves just...

View

Top posts

Treviso: Roncade Castle

castello-roncade
Unknown places & works

For most visitors, including lovers of art, Veneto is the region of the Villas, fairy-tale holiday destinations and farmhouses, which h...

View

Padua: The Anatomical Theatre at the University of Padua

teatro-anatomico-padova
Unknown places & works

The University of Padua, founded in 1222, is one of the most important symbols of culture in Italy... There are lots of places to disco...

View

Verona: Juliet’s balcony in Verona

balcone-giulietta-verona
Big Names

When visiting the beautiful city of Verona, Casa di Giulietta - the house of Juliet, the character immortalized by William Shakespeare ...

View

Venice: The empty tomb in San Michael cemetery in Venice

Cimitero_Venezia
Mysteries & Legends

The small island in the Venice lagoon that can be seen when heading to Murano houses the Venice cemetery, founded during the 19th centu...

View