Campanile di San Marco – Venice, Italy
Like the tourist masses, when I visit a new city I enjoy ascending a tall, famous landmark and absorbing the view. Cities are always trying to out-do each other with the world’s tallest building titles so there are plenty of these attractions on offer. So with this in mind I write my first proper travel blog post – A view from the top (just like that film where Gwyneth Paltrow plays an air hostess).
First on the list is Campanile di San Marco in Venice, Italy!
Situated in St Mark’s Square and standing over 300ft tall, The Campanile di San Marco is one of Venice’s most well-known attractions. It offers fantastic views of the square and beyond, over the terracotta roof tops and across the lagoon to the neighbouring islands. An ideal time to visit would be as soon as it opens (9am at the time of writing), when the queues are relatively small. Costing around €8 per person, you travel up and down via elevator, ideal for those with walking difficulties. It does get a bit squashy at the top but the view is decent whichever spot you stand in.
Pros – There’s a pleasant breeze at the top which is particularly welcoming on a hot summers day in June.
Cons – Other people. The queue on the way up wasn’t too bad for us but the queue coming back down was a bit of a nuisance.
Surprises – There is a small shop at the top. This may not surprise some people, but given that it isn’t that spacious up there I didn’t think a tacky little tourist shop was that necessary!
Verdict – Definitely worth a look, Venice is one of the more picturesque and unique cities to view from above.