Clock Tower Guided Tour (Tickets Included)

starting from 12.50 plus the service charge of 5.00* Clock Tower (Venice)
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Category: Guided Tours
Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 1 hour
Tour language:
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Visit the Clock Tower without queuing up and with an expert Tour leader!

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!

What makes this Tour Unique?

  • Visit with an expert Tour leader
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time
  • See the beautiful interior of the Clock Tower and discover all its hidden meanings

Reduced and free tickets

Reduced/Half Ticket:
(valid identity document needed at the entrance)

  • Children from 6 to 14 years
  • Students from 15 to 25 years
  • Tour leaders (max. 2) for groups of children or students
  • Citizens over 65 years
  • Citizens and residents in the Venice Municipality
  • Holders of Rolling Venice Card
  • Purchasers of the tickets for the "Ducal Palace and Museums of San Marco Square" or Museum Pass
  • Purchasers of the tickets for the Secret Itineriaries in the Ducal Palace
  • ICOM members
  • F.A.I. members
  • Staff of the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities
  • MUVE Friend Card holders
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Tour & Time

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

Meeting Point

10 minutes before the entrance time at the ticket office of the Correr Museum.

Duration

1 hour

Language

English/Italian/French

Guide

Tour conducted by an expert Tour leader.

Disabled Visitors

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.

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The Tower is located in San Marco Square - Venice.

Tower

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).

Clock

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.

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