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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

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An iconic building in a city of marvels. Worth a quick visit to feast the eyes when near Campo Manin.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Keith K
King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An iconic building in a city of marvels. Worth a quick visit to feast the eyes when near Campo Manin.

Thank Keith K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Challenging to find this little gem and when we got there we were surprised to see a pretty crowded little side street with tour groups and the whole thing behind a big iron fence. It was neat to see but probably not the coolest thing you can see if you're running low on time.

Thank James C
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, but not sure if we'd find it without the Venetian guide! He said it is now used as a fire escape for the offices next door!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came across this on a walking tour of Venice. It is tucked away down little alleyways but interesting to hear about the history.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is quite hidden away but worth the detour to have a look even though we could still not go inside.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did a walking tour with a gondola ride included, the guide took us to see this place, such a great building nestled in a corner, that you probably wouldn't find on your own. The staircase is amazing. Well worth a visit, glad we saw it.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

People who love interesting buildings will want to see this. We saw this on a half day walking tour that included a ride on the canal. Would be difficult to find on your own.

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Heywood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

so wanted to see this took almost the same shot as this now on my wall at home, tucked away in a back alley of sorts a must see.

Thank emmy666
County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

It is not so easy to get if you have not a map but when you arrive here you can say: super!!! It is very nice and if you are close to Rialto bridge, take a look to this place!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We went on a mission one morning to find this place. We did need to use a gps and a map combined . We still got lost but finally found our way. GPS system doesn't work well in Venice as many places are called the same thing!. I love the thought that he would ride his horse up the snail... More 

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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.