El paron de casa. The landlord.
That’s the affectionate nickname that Venetians use when referring to the belltower that dominates Saint Mark’s Square and the Venetian cityscape.
The belltower had actually different functions during the history of the Serenissima:
- lighthouse – visible from the sea at distance of 42km/26,09 miles
- belltower – regulating the Venetian day-to-day routine (the Trottiera called the nobles to the reunion of the Major Council)
- Defense function in times of war
- Location for experiments – in 1609 Galileo Galilei presented the Doge his new invention on the Campanile, the telescope
The construction works began in 888 and were only finished under the reign of the Doge Domenico Morosini (1148 – 56).
1542 the famous architect Sansovino built the beautiful Loggia that you can still admire today.
As the belltower towered over the other Venetian buildings it soon “transformed” unintentionally into a huge lightning conductor. Only in 1776 the first lightning conductor was set up on the top of the belltower, but the building fabric was already severely damaged.
In 1902 one of the most important Venetian landmarks collapsed on a – fortunately – tranquil morning in one of the busiest squares in the world; it was only reopened 10 years later.
Height: 100,06 meters/328,28 feet
(please check the official page too)
October – November 09.00 am – 07.00 pm
November – April 09.30 am – 03.45 pm
April – June 09.00 am – 07.00 pm
July – September 09.00 am – 09.00 pm
Entrance fee € 8
Reduced: € 4 (groups > 20 persons)
Piacere, mi chiamo Beatrice!
I grew up in the heart of the Alps, in Innsbruck, and decided in 2012 to move from the snowy Tyrolean peaks to the Venetian lagoon.
The travel-bug bit me during an Erasmus stay in France and so I decided after my University studies to start a backpack adventure through Canada.
After one year I said “good bye” to the American continent and moved to Venice (What you do for love!) and searched for a possibility to combine my passion for languages, travelling, culture and reading.
The solution? Four years ago I passed the governmental exam here in Italy to become a licensed tour leader and then a tour guide. Since then I’m guiding visitors through this fascinating city.