You'll be fascinated to hear about how the complex gears, weights and counterweights work, including the tàmbure, the rotating wheels that hold the panels of the hours and minutes of the clock.
You can admire the enchanting view set before you when you reach the highest point, at the level of the two giant Moors: gaze across St Mark's Square and a part of its lagoon.
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Guided tours that take visitors on a journey inside Clock Tower Museum can be booked.
You can visit the five-part interior by ascending the narrow and steep staircase:
- The first floor includes the history of the Tower and the various counterweights.
- You can then go up to the Clock Machine room, where you can admire the various functions of the splendid machine. This complicated machine is at the center of the building and moves the hours, the Tàmbure of the hours and minutes, the astronomical parts and the Moors.
- Going up another staircase you reach the floor with the little doors from which the statues of the Magi and of Angel come out, here waiting for the day of Epiphany and Ascension. It is also very interesting to observe the Tàmbure from the interior, which indicate the hours and minutes: two rotating wheels of twelve panels each. There is also some equipment to move the Tàmbure and open the doors from which the statues come out.
- Going up again: the oldest fragments of the clock are kept in the fourth room; you can go out onto the two lateral terraces from here.
- After going up a spiral staircase you reach the terrace of the Moors. Take a look at the two bronze statues up close and admire the entire of Saint Mark’s Square and Lagoon.
Due to the narrowness and inclination of the stairs this route is not advisable for those suffering from vertigo, claustrophobia or heart disorders.