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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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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This Renaissance spiral staircase, built around 1499 by Giovanni Candi...

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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Perhaps my favourite place in Venice

You need a little determination to find this - but well worth it. Take time to walk through the side streets - it is signposted and you will come upon this gem. Unfortunately... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
St.Albans, Hertfordshire

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St.Albans, Hertfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You need a little determination to find this - but well worth it. Take time to walk through the side streets - it is signposted and you will come upon this gem. Unfortunately you are not allow inside but that will probably preserve it for longer!

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Need a map to find it and bit of a walk, but when you find it the staircase has a splendour that you dont quite often see. Just another beautiful building in Venice.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is located in a courtyard with a fence around so you can't actually walk up them. Very pretty though. Takes about five minutes to look at them and take a couple pictures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had read about and heard about this for years and literally stumbled up on it while walking around Venice. The staircase was closed to the public during our visit so we were not able to take the stairs up to the top to see the wonderful views.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were taken to this building during a walking tour. We did not go in and I am not sure if you can go in but it was lovely to look at and was one of the most memorable buildings in Venice.

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Towcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we were taken here on the Venice free tour and probably wouldn't have found it worth a visit ,a great example of some of the hidden gems Venice has to offer.

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Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a miracle around every corner in Venice, that's what makes the city magical. So is this house with the impressive and elegant staircase. What a surprise to find this fairytale house, although you can expect everything in this city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must. You do have to look up on the walls for signs and down a few alley ways. But when you find it , it is worth it. Lovely on a sunny day.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nicknamed the Snail you need a map to find this beautiful staircase which you will never just pass by. Viewed through a fenced off piece of land it and not being able to enter it is only for those who love architecture.

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Buffalo, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have brought friends and family to Venice a few times, and we have a tradition of going up the San Marco campanile first thing, pointing out the Bovolo, handing the map to them, and challenging them to lead us there. They always succeed (with maybe a hint or two), but gain real confidence in maneuvering around town. Great fun!

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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.