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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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10:00 am - 1:30 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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La scala del Bovolo reminded me of the Torre di Pisa. It was built by a wealthy Venitian admitting only dignified friends leaving the hoi polloi the enter elsewhere. It is off... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

La scala del Bovolo reminded me of the Torre di Pisa. It was built by a wealthy Venitian admitting only dignified friends leaving the hoi polloi the enter elsewhere. It is off the beaten track but well worth viewing. Also, few tourists were there which made it even nicer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had read about this sight in the Lonely Planet and was intrigued. We were lucky enough to find it courtesy of our guide. It was early morning so we could not climb up the stairway for the view but I was happy just finding it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was difficult to find this, but it was well worth the search. It is a beautiful 14th century staircase which has recently been restored after being closed for a few years, so you can go up to the top via the 113 steps to get lovely views of St Marks and the Campanile over the rooftops. The tower is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had to use google in the end to guide me here after several failed attempts using a map! It is located down a narrow alleyway in a very small quiet courtyard. Amazing to find such a loverly building in very ordinary understated surroundings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful spiral steps, very well hidden so make sure you map out your route. Magnificent architecture. Spotted a one-eyed black cat in the garden...see if anyone else spots him

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful structures in Venice. So glad it is now open to the public to climb as every time we have visited this before it was under restoration so could only see it from behind the fence. Well worth a visit.... If you can find it! ;) beautiful roof top views from the top :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This palazzo is a little tricky to find, but worth it. The open staircase is unique and beautiful. It has now been restored and is open the the public to climb after 30 years. Well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found by chance, is down a little alley that you'd never think to walk down. Once there, the building exterior is just marvellous to see. There's a great audio tour that you can get for an extra €2 that I'd recommend for anyone wanting a bit of history. The view from the top of the Scala is just amazing. Venetian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The original structure was designed by Giovanni Candi in 1499.The family hired a second architect, Giorgio Spavento, to add the staircase to the original structure. The spiral is often compared to the snail’s shell (bovolo) and hence the palace got its name as “snail house”. It is said that the owner used to ride all the way to the top... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It cost 5 euros to climb the 112 or so stairs to the top of the circular staircase. While a lot of people come to see the staircase, not many pay the money to climb it, and so it is a nice way to spend 30 minutes or so if it is not crowded. If there is a line I... 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.