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Bell Tower of Aquileia, Aquileia

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Follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans at Bell Tower of Aquileia, which you can climb to enjoy views from one of the tallest structures in the area. Before you begin to climb the stairs to the top, be sure to take a look at the remains of an original mosaic floor from the 4th century BC, over which the foundations of the current structure were erected in the 1300s. The mosaics were part of an ancient religious complex and depicted scenes from the Old Testament. The bells toll at noon each day, so it's probably best to time your visit for morning or later in the afternoon. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Aquileia holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Bell Tower of Aquileia and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • My all-inclusive ticket gave me access to the tower so I had to go up it - my wife did not fancy the climb! At the entrance you can look down and see the original mosaic floor through which the... 
    My all-inclusive ticket gave me access to the tower so I had to go up it - my wife did not fancy the climb! At the entrance you can look down and see the original mosaic floor through which the...  more »
  • Well worth the climb up, and don't forget to look down at the mosaic before you start. I'm not sure I'd want to be up there at noon though! 
    Well worth the climb up, and don't forget to look down at the mosaic before you start. I'm not sure I'd want to be up there at noon though!  more »
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  • With its seventy-three meters high, the bell tower of the basilica of Aquileia stands massive on the Friuli plain. Built by the patriarch Poppone probably in conjunction with the basilica or immediately after, in any case before his death in 1042, the bell tower had exploited the building material quarries represented by the ancient buildings in ruins, in particular by the amphitheater. Originally it consisted of a simple tower with a belfry and a low four-pitch roof. Over time, steps were added to reinforce the base (14th century) and, in the first half of the 16th century, under the patriarchs of the Venetian Grimani family, the belfry was rebuilt. Finally, the octagonal lantern was built with the conical roof above, which still completes the millenary structure of the bell tower. In 1962, the excavation carried out inside the bell tower brought to light an interesting stratigraphic sequence of medieval and modern times, relating to the life phase of the tower. Furthermore, a further portion of the mosaic floor that decorated the northern hall of the Theodorian cult complex (313-320 AD) was brought to light.
  • I visited the foundations of the bell tower that rest on the foundations of the ancient church from which magnificent mosaics emerge including the beautiful one of the rooster against the turtle ... good versus evil ..... I did not climb the bell tower but they tell me that the view is wonderful and sweeps all around until you can see the Grado lagoon and all the remains that have so far been discovered of the ancient city of Aquileia.

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