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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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Address: Corte del Maltese | San Marco 4302, 30124 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 390413096605
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The tallest spiral staircase of Venice is a perfect synthesis of different...

The tallest spiral staircase of Venice is a perfect synthesis of different styles (Renaissance, Gothic and Venetian-Byzantine). It was commissioned by Pietro Contarini in late 1400 as a decorative element of the adjacent family's Palazzo. Even today there are several hypotheses about the authorship of the manufacturer. The monument can be considered a unique architectural jewel in the lagoon, the new Renaissance expression that was establishing in the city. The Scala is connected to the palace by three floors lodges. To the top there is the Belvedere with a wonderful view of Venice. From here you can see the domes and the Campanile di San Marco, the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and even the Teatro la Fenice.

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This building is said to be the most beautiful staircase in the world - and justifiably so. Not the easiest to find but well worth the effort.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This building is said to be the most beautiful staircase in the world - and justifiably so. Not the easiest to find but well worth the effort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is certainly one of the most unusual examples of architecture in Venice, it's almost like a fairytale building. You can climb up it and see a panoramic view of Venice for around 6 earos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Scala del Bovolo means Spiral Stair and it takes it's name from the shell of the slugs. This is a private building now but it is possible to visit it to some level. The design is great. It's a little bit hard to find and believe it or not not so easy to spot at first but it's worth a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We searched this out even though we only had 1 day in Venice. We got a group selfie from outside the gate and it has become one of my favorite photos of the trip. This external staircase is unique and interesting -- two things that make for great travel photos!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice stair set with beautiful architecture. It was in the route of our free walking tour. A tight area but not really busy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful spiral staircase tower can be seen in books about Venice is a bit hidden, but it is not too hard to be found. While walking from St. Mark's or Accademia Bridge to Rialto, you will get to Piazza Manin and there are signs where to turn to see this. It is less than 50 meters away.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tower itself is out of the way and usually almost empty, it's a nice change of pace from the long lineups in St Marks Square. The views from the top were decent enough, although it would have been nicer to be a bit higher up. My main concern is the 7 euro entrance fee, as the experience doesn't really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found this gem off the beaten track whilst walking back from St Marks Square-where the queues were horrendously long-externally it is visually intriguing so we paid the small entance fee and scaled the mazing spiral staircase to the top to be hit with superb panoramic views-a photographers delight-and no crowds to fight. It is finds like this that make walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an architectural dream with a spiral staircase out of a fairy tale. The admission price was perhaps more than we expected. There are some rare paintings inside but other than that what you are really there to see is the staircase and the view of the rooftops and the domes of the Basilica in the background. If you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated in a quiet square just ten minutes from St Marks, this fascinating building is open to the public for a small payment, it offers marvelous views from the top gallery.

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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.