La Torre Bissara

La Torre Bissara (Bissara Tower) rises above Piazza dei Signori (Square of the Lords), the main square of Vicenza in the Veneto region of northeast Italy.

The tower stands 83-meters and is one of the highest structures in Vicenza. Commissioned by the Bissara Family to complement their palace, construction on the tower began in 1174. It was raised several times between the 14th and 15th centuries, but always returned based on its original 12th century design and construction.

The clock on La Torre Bissara was designed by 14th century architect and sculptor Andrea Pisano (aka, Andrea da Pontedera) that was placed in operation in 1378.

Experts claim the clock is a jewel of technical mechanics and astronomy, because, in addition to beating the clock, the mechanisms also mark the phases of the moon.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Nice perspective in your photos!
    Our antique grandfather clock used to show the phases of the moon, but that function packed up many years ago. What a jewel of a clock to still be keeping good time after all these years. Thanks for sharing it with us!


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