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.