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Torre dell'Orologio

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Address: Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +39 041 42730892
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Description: This 14th-century clock stands on the north side of St. Mark's Square,and...
This 14th-century clock stands on the north side of St. Mark's Square,and is known by its large clock face displaying the hours of the day, phases of the moon and movement of the sun through the signs of the Zodiac.
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Great tour, book ahead

This is only available with a prior reservation (online). Small numbers, only four in our tour. Mechanical wonder for its time. If you have the chance, do this.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Tacoma, Washington
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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is only available with a prior reservation (online). Small numbers, only four in our tour. Mechanical wonder for its time. If you have the chance, do this.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I found out about the tour in the clock tower doing an internet search of tours in Venice. I'm glad we took this tour. It was an hour long and our guide was very informative and answered any questions about the history of the tower and the mechanical operation. There wasn't too much to see but the views from the... More 

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Aiea, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

It's definitely something to see and photograph (and maybe catch in action) while in St. Mark's Square. We didn't opt for a tour and were glad we didn't based on our friends' experience. Unless you're a clock geek, not much point in going inside for a fee. But, it makes a pretty picture.

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Seeing the inside of a working clock tower was very interesting, but our guide's English was very difficult to understand. The tour went very long and we were not allowed to leave when we asked. Backpack had to be left in an unsecured outcove.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

One of Venice's 24 hours clocks, it is a great sight, especially as you sit and wait in line to enter the basilica :). In October 2014, the strikers were prisoners behind sheets of canvas, probably in a stage of repair. Nevertheless, the clock and all the informations it provides have a beautiful design.

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Venice authorities sell a museum pass that allows access to many of the city's attractions including, we thought, this one. Although it is still included on the leaflet they issue with the passes you cannot visit this attraction now other than by paying for a guided tour. We didn't find anything about this in the guide books!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I'm not interested in much to do with art and culture. But I am interested in movies! This clock featured in James bond moonraker. He pushes the villain through it (obvs not the real one!) When I looked closer I saw it was a zodiac clock which made it seem kind of cooler to be honest. Lots of tourists though... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 via mobile

Our tour guide Nicoletta seemed like someone dragged out from the admin office on her lunch break to fill in last minute. She didn't smile at all, wasn't friendly or personable. She took us across the square to the Clock Tower, at one point grabbing an old man's open umbrella and shoving it out of the way (people holding open... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is also known as the clocktower. It was absolutely beautiful. Each hour as the clock chimes people gather in front of it just to see the numbers change. An experience not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Great way to see Venice from the birds eye view. The ticket charge is €8 per person and you can stay as long as you like. Great pictures of the Piazza, Basilica and Palazzo Ducale and the whole town of Venice.

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.