As you enter the magnificent Piazza San Marco, it's one of the first things you see, standing on the north side, the centerpiece of the stately white Procuratie Vecchie (the ancient administration buildings for the Republic). The Renaissance clock tower, with its distinctive blue face ringed by astrological symbols, was built between 1496 and 1506, and the clock mechanism still keeps perfect time. On the top, two bronze figures, known as “Moors” because of the dark color of the bronze, pivot to strike the hour. Visits inside are by guided tour only (included in the price of admission), but unless you are interested in the clock’s history, these are easily skipped, especially if you’ve already been up the Campanile di San Marco.
Torre dell’Orologio (Clock Tower)
Piazza San Marco
Our Rating Hours Tours (1hr) in English Mon–Wed 10am and 11am, Thurs–Sun 2pm and 3pm (must be reserved in advance online); tours start at the Museo Correr ticket office. There are also tours in Italian and French. Transportation Vaporetto: San Marco Phone 848-082000 or 041-42730892 Prices 12€, 7€ for children ages 6–14 and students ages 15–25; ticket also good for the Museo Correr, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (but not Palazzo Ducale). Web site Torre dell’Orologio (Clock Tower) MONUMENT Other There are also tours in Italian and French.
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