Torre dell’Orologio: Venice’s Clock Tower

By Jessica, USA, February 2013

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Venice‘s most famous square, Piazza San Marco, is home to more than just the beautiful St. Mark’s Basilica and bell tower. Another attraction on the square is the clock tower, Venice’s Torre dell’Orologio, which makes up part of a building on the right side of the basilica. The base of the tower is an arched walkway to one of the main thoroughfares leading from the square, but before you walk through be sure to stop for a few minutes and look up.

The Torre dell’Orologio was built in the late 15th century, and the entire face of the tower is heavily decorated. The clock face features the 12 signs of the zodiac in a circle around the clock hand, and the 24 hours of the day are engraved in a circle around the golden zodiac signs.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Venice Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Venice.

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