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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Corte del Maltese | San Marco 2906, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
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Ranked #22 of 197 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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 snail.

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Madrid, Spain
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

I honestly couldn't tell you how to find this place. We were in the area and started to look for it but couldn't find it! Due to a lot of the streets being flooded we took a detour down a back ally and past some chefs and waiters smoking and found it! I'm glad we did! It's not easy to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A great building to look at - The spirals mean the floors get smaller and its really interesting, although it was closed for restoration when we went. You'll only be there for 10-15m so i'd make sure you tie it in with a visit to another attraction. It is difficult to find though, and there .

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

What a beautiful beautiful hidden gem this is, I read the previous reviews and with a good map it was quite easy to find. Such an unusual thing to see! Please go see this if you go Venice, its a hidden treasure but sadly you can't go inside

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Somerset West, South Africa
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10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It took me some time to find this building, but it was definitely worth the hunt. Once you know where it is, it's easy to find the boards indicating the way, however these are small and easy to miss if you're part of the great tourist throng that is Venice's everyday street life.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Off the beaten track yet only about 5 minutes from St Marks Square! We found it easy to find using a map and I'm so glad we saw this beautiful building in reality as it really is an architectural gem! I was imagining the owner riding his horse up and down the steps - hard to believe really but that's... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

As said in other views the fact this is so tucked away is quite rewarding and makes it more stunning. Though because it isn't straight forward to find it is quite annoying when you find out is shut with no information as if/when it will be next open. Still amazing to see.

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Nottingham, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We read about this in an article about hidden delights of Venice and it really is tucked away from the crowds - certainly not somewhere you would stumble across. Here are the directions we used very successfully - From Campo San Bartolomeo, at the foot of the Rialto bridge, follow the yellow signs for Accademia till you reach Campo Manin,... More

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is a fabulous little tool hidden down a tiny Street. It's difficult to find but well worth the effort to locate it. Walk up the staircase. It is fantastic. I'm absolute jewel of the renaissance

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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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