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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 218 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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Sussex
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The Palazzo Contarini Del Bovolo or the 'Snail House' lies on the Campo Manin near the Rialto. It's an old palace (15th century) with a grand spiral (six twists) external staircase built in 1499. Well worth seeing, though when we visited it was closed to the public.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I found this place online and decided to venture out and find it with my husband and four children. Even though I followed directions to the letter, we still managed to get lost several times, as you inevitably do in Venice. However, once you find this building, it is well worth the search. The building seems to be in good... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This a perfect example of just some of the stunning architecture in Venice. The staircase is a like a hidden treasure tucked away from the main walkways. Beautiful!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

"Hidden in a small courtyard at the end of a narrow "calle" near Campo Manin is the spiral staircase 'Scala Contarini del Bovolo'. This is an extraordinary example of Venetian architecture in transition: leaving the realms of the gothic to embrace renaissance style." what an amazing experience to see the staircase after exiting a short narrow street - fenced in... More

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Berkeley CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The Scala appeared on my Streetwise Venice map and in the Michelin map of Venice, but neither had any information on it. It happened to be near where I was staying so I went off in search of it. It was fun to find it, tucked off in little courtyard at the end of a very narrow passageway. But ...... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is well worth the find. Look up the instructions of how to get there before you go to Venice and seek it out. Its mesmerizing once you find it as there is hardly anyone around it as its tucked away - you have to go through alleys here and there to find it. Nice to get away from the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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