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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Address: Corte del Maltese | San Marco 2906, 30124 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
Phone Number: 041.2601974
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Ranked #30 of 214 Attractions in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This Renaissance spiral staircase, built around 1499 by Giovanni Candi, is an elegant structure...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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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Cairo, Egypt
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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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

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
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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
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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