Given the nature of the terrain, I have always been surprised by the number of bell towers (campanili, in Italian) the Venetians built and the heights they reach.
The skyline of Venice once bristled with campanili; La Serenissima once boasted more than a hundred bell towers, of which sixty-six remain standing. In addition to the obvious problem of subsidence, earthquakes, hurricanes, lightning and fires have also taken their toll (no pun intended).
The tallest bell tower, by a wide margin, is the Campanile di San Marco. Soaring to a height of 98.6 metres (323 feet), it is nicknamed el paron de casa (the master of the household). St Mark's Bell Tower is little over a century old, being a faithful copy of the original, which suddenly collapsed on July 14th, 1902.
Pisa might be famous the world over for its leaning bell tower, but Venice is home to
several such structures!
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England.
Since 200I I have been living in Italy, where I run private tours of Florence, Rome &
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