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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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Address: Corte del Maltese | San Marco 2906, 30124 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 041.2601974
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Description: This Renaissance spiral staircase, built around 1499 by Giovanni Candi, is...
This Renaissance spiral staircase, built around 1499 by Giovanni Candi, is an elegant structure that is designed like a bòvolo, Venetian dialect for snail.
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The beautiful staircase

The spiral staircase is a great piece of architecture. Worth a visit but not easy to find. I hope the area will be cleaner than when I last visited as the ground floor looked a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The spiral staircase is a great piece of architecture. Worth a visit but not easy to find. I hope the area will be cleaner than when I last visited as the ground floor looked a little run down. Nonetheless I would recommend a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Off the beaten track so nice and quiet and only a couple of people there when we went. Good for a couple of photos and that's about it but still a nice site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very worth following the signs that lead to discover a jewel of architecture. It is unfortunate that the stairs cannot be visited but only viewed from the street, but still very impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The only spiral staircase in Venice and amazingly high! Built in one of the oldest buildings in the city - architect geeks and fans of Vincent Scully will appreciate it all!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The large spiral building is certainly worth a visit. We found the main square and asked someone in a shop. They were helpful.

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Iksan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

a refreshing view over venice from the top. I think the view from outside into the staircase is better. A little difficult to find.. but there are few signs around. just keep walking through the alleyways :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

While the building itself is nothing special, it is the outside spiral staircase that is the main attraction here (bovolo= snail shell), apparently developed as a novel way of saving space inside! It is not hard to find if you have a map and is only a slight detour if you are walking from St Mark's Square to the Rialto... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

The lovely stair case is to be found off a well-marked alley behind an iron fence. In this city of elegant decay, it didn't seem to be elegantly decaying but rather sadly forgotten. SURE, do walk in to see it, but don't be surprised when you find that you feel this spectacular piece of architecture deserves better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This was the home of the Contarini family, who were among Venice's elite in the 1400's, and the distinctive exterior spiral staircase was added in 1499 to "enhance" the interior courtyard. It's now managed by IRE, which is a social service agency serving the children and elderly of Venice, and when the restoration work is completed (who knows when that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The fine openwork architecture! It is not easy to find this building, but its beauty is worthy search. If you are badly guided in the map, ask in any cafe on the Doge's Palace after the Spritz drink.

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.