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Venice - Riva degli Schiavoni - Rio di San Lorenzo

For a city built on water, it's not surprising that Venice has more leaning towers than Pisa, or that many have simply collapsed over the centuries (including the mighty Campanile di San Marco, which tumbled down so gently that the only casualty was the keeper's cat). Human casualties in this once densest of cities were not uncommon.

Today the authorities keep a very close eye on the tilters: San Giorgio dei Greci, Santo Stefano, and San Pietro di Castello as well as San Pietro Martire on Murano and San Martino on Burano.

Recently the campanile of the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta on Torcello has been restored, offering views (when it’s open) as unique as the other towers you can climb: St Mark's (rebuilt) bellower, San Giorgio Maggiore and the Torre dell'Orologio.

And if you love a view, you can now go up to Palazzo Pisani’s roof terrace, the highest in Venice.


The Heart of the Venetian State

Basilica di San Marco: Campanile

The top of the town

Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

Venice's First Cathedral

Campo Sant’Angelo

and the leaning tower of Santo Stefano


or Santa Maria del Carmelo


Venice's second best church

San Geremia e Santa Lucia

Last resting place of St Lucy

San Giorgio dei Greci

St George of the Greeks

San Giorgio Maggiore

Palladio's lagoon landmark

San Martino (Burano)

With a wonderful wonky tower

San Pietro di Castello

Venice's cathedral for 800 years

Sant' Erasmo

The Serenissima's vegetable plot

Santi Apostoli

And its Renaissance Corner chapel

Santo Stefano (San Stin)

Venice's most reconsecrated church

Torre dell’Orologio

Telling time with panache

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Elliott Brown