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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Corte del Maltese | San Marco 2906, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
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Ranked #31 of 213 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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Hamilton, Canada
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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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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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
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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17 helpful votes 17 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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Fintry, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

During past visits to Venice the Bovolo has been hidden under scaffolding, so it is great to see it in all its glory at last. The little alley and tiny courtyard conceal such an extraordinary example of Venetian architecture. It is very peaceful, and I am slightly reluctant to rate it on TA in case it becomes a busy corner... More

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Little-known gem. Not easy to find but signposted. About 5 minutes walk from San Marco: go past the bacino where all the gondoliers hang out.. We took a friend who had been looking for it for years, who howled with delight when we took him there, to the alarm of the other tourists present.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

My wife and I found this place on Sunday night April 13, 2014. The Venice TripAdvisor is invaluable in finding this place. Turn your phone GPS on, then select the map. It is located off of a quiet street, down a small alleyway, in a small courtyard. The area is fenced off so you cannot actually get near the stairs... More

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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I actually gave up on finding this building. Suddenly we saw a sign pointing which way to go and we found it. The staircase is really amazing but I am sure you must get sick of carrying heavy shopping bags upstairs. Great for a photo of two.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I heard about this house so went looking for it. Not easy to find so go to san marco and ask a venetian to point u the way. Happy searching.

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