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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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Cute little find

This is a beautiful building and is well worth hunting down. We found it while following the suggested walk in the Lonely Planet guide book. This building is in a cute little... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Wasn't that difficult to find as it's just off the main pedestrian route between Accademia and Ponte De Rialto. Having said that, is anything easy to find in Venice using a map? There were plenty of other people there and not much space to have a good look. Was well fenced off so it seems no longer open to public... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a beautiful building and is well worth hunting down. We found it while following the suggested walk in the Lonely Planet guide book. This building is in a cute little courtyard and is a lovely place to stop for a rest before continuing on the walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This is an ancient tower which is now used as emergency exit for adjacent building. We went to this place as part of our conducted tour of venice, without which this place is very very difficult to find and explore. Its an architecture gem, a round staircase built in brick and stone

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is a beautiful ancient tower. Hidden in the back streets, but well worth the search. It was undergoing renovations but still amazing. Get directions on google map.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Very well hidden indeed... took me ages until I found the small arrow pointing the direction. Just a couple in there, in a very remote "campo" (open space in between of Venice small streets). They were improving it or so, so full of building stuff around and can't get really close. something to visit in 5min and take a couple... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I loved the look of this staircase when I first saw it in photographs and I'm glad I tracked it down for a viewing. There was a construction barrier but it was still visible in all it's loveliness.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Shame under restoration and therefore behind barriers but an outstanding sight to track down. The staircase dominates a tiny square. One of the many hidden delights of Venice!

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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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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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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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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.