With 3 simple steps you can buy tickets and visit the Clock Tower without standing in line and with the explanation of an expert Tour leader.
Do not waste time during your holidays by standing in line. Buy tickets online through our safe and easy system and you will have immediate access to the masterpieces of Venice.
Let yourself be carried inside this majestic tower, to discover its history, the hidden meanings of its clock and the complicated mechanisms that regulate it, with the explanation of an expert tour leader that will guide you in this little "time travel".
The Tour will last 1 hour, and will give you an high quality and entertaining introduction to this masterpiece of Venice!
(valid identity document needed at the entrance)
English: Monday to Wednesday at 10:00 am and 11:00 am; Thursday to Sunday at 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm
Italian: Every day at 12.00 am and 4.00 pm
French: Monday to Wednesday at 2.00 pm and 3.00pm; Thursday to Sunday at 10.00 am and 11.00 am
10 minutes before the entrance time at the ticket office of the Correr Museum.
Tour conducted by an expert Tour leader.
The Tower is not accessible for disabled persons because the interiors are very small and located on different levels connected by steep and narrow stairs, so the visit is not recommended also for those who suffer from claustrophobia, vertigo and breathing problems, or for pregnant women. Entry is permitted only from 6 years old.
Connecting element between the square and the trade route, the building was constructed between 1496 and 1499 by Mauro Codussi and represents an innovation and a break compared to the architecture of the square. In the mid-eighteenth century were added numerous external elements by Giorgio Massari while in the mid-nineteenth century were carried out heavy internal renovations (the wooden stairs were demolished and replaced with metal stairs, the cover in lead and larch was pulled down in order to replace it with vaults and marble slabs etc...).
On the top of the tower there are two statues in bronze of two shepherds called the Moors of Venice that beat the hours on the bell; one is the "old man" who marks the hours 2 minutes before the time (to symbolize the past) and one is the "young man" who marks the hours 2 minutes later (to symbolize the future).
The decision to build a new public clock dates back to 1493 and the task was given to Gian Paolo and Gian Carlo Rainieri which inaugurated it on the tower the 1st February 1499. It has undergone several restorations the last of which ended in 2006.
The mechanism that regulates it, is really a wonder of engineering and is characterized by the procession of the Kings passing and bowing in front of the golden statue of the Virgin and the Child, preceded by the Angel Announcer who plays the trumpet, but the most extraordinary features concern the dials: on the main one, which is in gold and blue glaze, are represented the five known planets (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury), the moon phases and the Zodiac; on the other one, there are the hours marked in Roman numbers enclosing a blue mosaic with gold stars and, in the middle, a copper lion of St. Mark.