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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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Neighborhood: San Marco
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Address: Corte del Maltese | San Marco 2906, 30124 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 041.2601974
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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Worth a visit to see the beautiful snail staircae

I visited this many years ago and wanted my husband to see it; As it's hard to find, we had a lot of fun looking for it - we walked down alleyways, into courtyards, across... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I visited this many years ago and wanted my husband to see it; As it's hard to find, we had a lot of fun looking for it - we walked down alleyways, into courtyards, across bridges and did our best to follow the map until we eventually found it. I think it's a beautiful hidden gem and something a little... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

it was a pain to find it as people say, but I saw the staircase when I was on the campanile in san marco square, and it reminded me that I have to find it before I leave Venice. It was closed, but I took a picture of the curious staircase and it was a great memory. The time used... More 

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Rockport, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Spiral gem. Looking a bit sorry at the moment as being renovated, one of the more curious sights in the city, more or less straight down from the Accademia bridge towards Rialto Bridge, a must see!!

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Rockport, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Off the beaten track, easy to find using a map..I saw this beautiful building in reality as it really is an architectural treasure! A must see in Venice!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It's amazing!! You follow directions, after thinking almost ten times you are in the wrong place, and suddenly you see this marvelous hidden corner. And if you think this remind you something else you are right. It is made similar to the tower of Pisa that Contarini family admired and imitated. In a silent little square unfortunately you cannot go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We visited end of Oct 2014. So there was no renovation then as in attached picture. The staircase are beautiful & unique showing the old glory of Venice palaces. This place is quit hidden in a very very narrow alley. To locate use Google maps & save it the walk towards it ! Recommend to visit if you've more than... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Looking a bit sorry at the moment as being renovated, one of the prettiest sights in the city. Found using Google maps. A must see. More or less straight down from the Accademia bridge towards Rialto Bridge through 2 large squares to Campo Manin alley on left next to statue of winged lion.

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Willesborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We found this off campo manin. If you look at the side street it is signposted to tjese set of steps, although it is very picturesque it is surrounded by scaffolding so it doesn't look at its best. It is still shut as of 29th dec

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

It's a beautiful staircase- now you can admire it in full only through a hole in the fence. It's going through a renovation but I couldn't see any notice when it's going to be completed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Many have indicated difficulty finding this place. I am trying to add more on the direction. At Campo Manin, look for the entrance of a small lane way south of the square. If you stand behind the statue and turn left, the lane way is right in front of you. Walk into the lane way, then turn left and turn... More 

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