Italy · 3 Days · 2 Moments · October 2018

Venice, Italy


31 October 2018

The view from our hotel room: a narrow view of the Grand Canal. The Campanile of Santo Stefano in the distance. The leaning tower of Santo Stefano was built in 1544 and is one of the highest bell towers in Venice, with the height of 66 metres. Its inclination, or ‘slant’, is 2 meters, similar to that of the Tower of Pisa. It is located in the sestiere San Marco, not far from the Ponte dell’Accademia. In 1585, after being struck by lighting, it collapsed onto nearby buildings and the original bells melted. The English sent replacements due to Elizabeth I removing all Catholic Churches during the English dispute on faith. It was rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries and in 1906, when an earthquake struck 4 years before and caused the tower to lean. It may still be unstable today.
The view from the bridge just outside our hotel: the canal known as Rio de San Vio. On the other side of the bridge you could see a narrow view of the Grand Canal, with the Campanile of Santo Stefano- one of the other leaning towers of Italy besides the famous Tower of Pisa- in the distance. The canals of Venice have over 400 bridges in total, including the 4 that is situated over the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is the largest Canal in Venice, measuring two and a half miles long and a maximum of sixteen feet deep, and is also surrounded by houses built centuries ago, ranging from the 13th Century to the present day.