Sunset from a Bell Tower, Venice
St Mark’s Campanile (Campanile di San Marco in Italian) is the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, located in the Piazza San Marco. The tower is 98.6 meters tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark’s Square, near the front of the basilica. If you know a thing or two about Venice, then you might recognize this bell tower. In fact, other than canals filled with gondolas, it is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.
As I mentioned in a post this morning, I went to the top of this tower while Justin spent some time strolling around in the streets below. Elijah had decided to take a (very late) afternoon nap, but I had him with me, in his stroller. I was relieved to see that the tower had an elevator because many of the European towers that I had climbed along this European adventure, had only stairs leading to the top. Of course, I would have not gone to the top if there had been no elevator, but a few of the tourists standing alongside me in-line were joking about who was going to carry the stroller if there were stairs. With my well-established expat lifestyle, I very much enjoyed speaking English to those folks. We laughed and joked while waiting for our turn to go up the tower. I always feel a familiar fondness when chatting to older tourists who speak English. The men often joke the same cheerful but cheeky way, and in so many ways they make me miss my dad!
Since it was almost sunset, and only a limited number of people can be at the top of the tower at one time, it almost felt like a lucky draw for who would get up there in time for the magical sunset over Venice.
Needless to say, I GOT LUCKY. I let the pictures explain the rest…
An incredible opportunity. I absolutely adore sunsets… so this was quite a treat!