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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

San Marco, 4303, 30124 Venice, Italy
+39 041 309 6605
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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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San Marco, 4303, 30124 Venice, Italy
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"beautiful staircase"
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"leaning tower of pisa"
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"ghost tour"
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"amazing piece of architecture"
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"narrow alley"
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"small courtyard"
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"well worth the search"
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"worth the effort"
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"yellow sign"
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"architectural gem"
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"open to the public"
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"interesting building"
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"off the beaten track"
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"climb the stairs"
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"follow the signs"
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"entrance fee"
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"around the corner"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is no as high as the Marc’s Square bell tower but the spiral staircase is beautiful and the views of the city are different and equally beautiful. Looks are deceiving it is worth going as u may get the tower to yourself.

Thank Fran E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

"The Snail Palace is well worth the trouble it takes to find it! It's tucked away down a narrow cul de sac and quite difficult to find but follow the maps or even Google Maps and you'll get there!

1  Thank Barry G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wish I had read before had that this was a staircase and just a small room of artworks, but the real treat to this place is the view from above. I'm terrified of heights so I couldn't enjoy this as much as I would...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quite hard to find. Not amazing so wouldn't go out your way to find it. But if you, and if you like architecture, it's a nice 5 min detour.

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Reviewed May 4, 2018

Having read about the staircase in the guide book, I just had to find it and climb it. It wasn't easy to find! It is tucked away and you have to be persistant to get there. There is quite and expensive entrance fee and then...More

1  Thank JillG411
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Reviewed May 2, 2018

Took a bit of finding, but so glad we did. Stunning tower tucked away in a courtyard with amazing views from the top. No crowds of people climbing it when we went so spent quite some time up there admiring the views. The tower is...More

1  Thank anteallachleicester
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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

This tower may be hard to find but worth the effort. It's only 7 Euro to enter. The walk up is easy to the top. The view is amazing. You can see St Mark's church and the Campanile. Absolutely beautiful. Look for a small alley...More

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed April 28, 2018

Fabulous example of Gothic architecture and leads you to a fabulous view of the orange rooftops of Venice at the top of the staircase. Is tucked away behind some side streets, I used Maps.me to find it.

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Reviewed April 19, 2018

An unusual tower and well worth seeing as it's quite unique. Unfortunately the paintings I wanted to see weren't there however the palazzo is worth a visit just to see the tower and enjoy the views from the top. Palazzo is empty but has a...More

Thank Jacquie H
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

Worth the climb to see the views. We were lucky and got a warm sunny day. There are loads of steps up and it can be busy with school children. There is a room off one floor that houses some paintings. Went back at night...More

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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,
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Monique G
May 2, 2016|
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Response from ScalaContariniBovolo | Property representative |
Dear Monique, In our website you can find all the informations you need: search us on google typing scalacontarinidelbovolo. Thanks for choosing us and best regards, Scala Contarini del Bovolo
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mark19742016
July 15, 2015|
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Response from GeraldineUK | Reviewed this property |
Yea, it is open for visitors but you have to book an appointment
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Rabih Z
January 23, 2015|
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Response from MarieS443 | Reviewed this property |
I visited in October 2014 - at that time, it had a palisade fence around it, so you could not go inside, but the entire front fascade was visible. The building is in a narrow alleyway so even though there is a fence it does... More
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