Clock Tower Guided Tour (Tickets Included)

Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, Venezia, VE, Italia - 8 Reviews
starting from 17.50
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Priority access
  • Photos without flash
  • Expert tour leader

What to expect

  • 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

A time travel

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.

What is included

  • Entrance with priority access
  • Expert tour leader
  • Reservation fees
  • Access to temporary exhibitions

Available options

The following options can be purchased in addition to the tickets in the booking Wizard on this website.

Price reductions

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

  • Children from 6 to 14 years
  • Students from 15 to 25 years
  • Citizens over 65 years
  • Citizens and residents in the Venice Municipality

To remember

  1. The ticket is valid 1 day, starting from entrance time. After the guided tour you can stay inside as long as you want until closing time of the Tower.

  2. The tickets will be sent via email within 24-48 hours after purchase (on weekdays) with instructions on how to get there and what to do to enter.

  3. We inform you that, once booked, the date and time selected are binding. 15 minutes before the starting time, meet the guide at the ticket office of the Correr Museum. Who does not respect the time booked will not enter.

  4. The tour is conducted only in Italian, English and French.

  5. The visit is not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia, vertigo and breathing problems, or for pregnant women.

  6. Entry is permitted only from 6 years old.


8 Reviews
Italy
1 year ago

Claudio

"Visita molto interessante con guida professionale preparata e coinvolgente. Consiglio di segnalare il nome del Museo Correr x il ritiro dei biglietti e la possibilità di visita gratuita dello stesso Museo. "

Mexico
1 year ago

Mayra

"Me gustó mucho la visita guiada a La Torre del Reloj. Es una visita muy sencilla. La recomiendo para niños y adolescentes. Explica la historia de este lugar. Dura una hora."

Poland
1 year ago

Ryszard

"Bardzo fajna i pouczająca wycieczka. Przewodniczka na poziomie. Drobny mankament to brak dokładnej informacji o miejscu wymiany vouchera na bilety. Okazało się ,że jest to kasa muzeum Correr, umiejscowiona na piętrze, wcześniej trzeba było przejść kontrolę, obecność strażnika sugerowała konieczność posiadania biletu do muzeum"

Mexico
1 year ago

Oscar

"Muy interesante, excelente trato de la guía Sylvia. Deberían difundirlo más y ponerlo en español, aunque la guía se esforzó por explicarlo en español para que lo entendiéramos. Felicidades "

Poland
1 year ago

Agnieszka

"I really loved it. I recommend it to everyone. Big pieces of history. Guide spoke perfect English. She told us in interesting and ravishing way all details how mechanism is build, stories about history of Clock tower, family leaving there and local importance to the City. Amazing views from the top."

France
1 year ago

Alain

"Très bien. Guide très sympathique. Explications claires. Visite très intéressante."

Germany
1 year ago

Daniel

"Really nice tour! I think it could be 10% less off history and therefor a little bit more of technology of the clock, but it's a very interesting building."

United States
2 years ago

Ronald

"Short tour packed with a lot of great historical details and interesting stories about the clock tower and the people who lived there! If you have time, its a short tour that is a lot of fun. Also, the tour guide was super high energy and knew an amazing about the clock tower as she grew up in the area! "