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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Corte del Maltese | San Marco 2906, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
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Ranked #34 of 217 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This Renaissance spiral staircase, built around 1499 by Giovanni Candi, is an elegant structure that is designed like a bòvolo, Venetian dialect for... more » Owner description: This Renaissance spiral staircase, built around 1499 by Giovanni Candi, is an elegant structure that is designed like a bòvolo, Venetian dialect for snail. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
50 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Hidden, even if in the centre of town, his attraction let you understand that once upon a time horses used to be in Venice! Could you imagine it? And, after all, squares are called "campo" that means field: there was the grass...

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Some other reviewers have said this is hard to find, but I disagree. It was marked on our map, plus there are little signs on the walls pointing the direction once you get close. It is down an alleyway, but look for the signs and it's easy. Less than 5 minutes from St Mark's Square. It was great to see... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Beautiful architecture, although it would be hard to find without a guide, it is one place I would see again. It has a great story & amazing to think how it was made.

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Toronto, Canada
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40 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

This unique structure is very difficult to find as it is a very small alley, but once in the area ask the locals. Unfortunately it is closed for renovations, but do not let this put you off. You can still see the wonderful building well worth a visit

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Dundee, Scotland
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250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We wanted to find this elusive structure and we did, initially we got a bit lost but then seemed to find it practically every other day without effort, typical! Would have been better to have gotten a bit closer for photos but we were glad to have the opportunity to get some photos even though hindered by railings, worth seeing.

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Hamilton, Canada
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Our guide brought us to this beautiful building - a little off the beaten track - but worth seeing it. The spiral staircase is an amazing piece of architecture. Well worth seeing - make sure you walk around the building as much as you can to view it from all angles to fully appreciate it.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We got lost for a few minutes trying to find the place, but we were only around the corner. When we did find it did not disappoint. It is a beautiful spiral tower that was built so the owner could ride his horse up and down the stairs.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful tower in a pretty, quiet courtyard. Took us several wrong turns to find it (mainly because we missed the signs in campo manin!) bit that just meant we had a lovely walk through the uncrowded backstreets

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Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

This is a very grand staircase. Looking over a fence isn't the best but it's worth seeing. Worth the walk and it's away from the crowds

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New York City, New York
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Don't give up. it is worth the look. It's down a small ally way in a small courtyard. Pity the tower wasn't open, I would have loved to wind my way up.

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