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Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

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#12 of 188 in Historic Sites in Venice
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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Scala Contarini del Bovolo is an elegant Renaissance spiral staircase designed in the form of a snail. Designed by Giovanni Candi in 1499, the staircase is an example of Venetian Gothic transition-style architecture. The staircase leads to a small arcade offering a panoramic view over the rooftops of Venice, as well as the steeples and domes of St. Mark's Square. Due to its location in a less-traveled side street near Campo Manin, the staircase can prove difficult to find--be sure to bring a good map with you, or simply ask a local for directions. Film buffs may recognize the staircase and the adjacent palace as one of the main settings for Orson Welles' 1952 screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Othello." Make Scala Contarini del Bovolo part of your personalized Venice itinerary using our Venice trip site.
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  • Impressive in photographs, even better in person. There is a small fee to enter the building. The ticket office staff seemed a bit bored and weren’t attentive by or friendly. We had no problem... 
    Impressive in photographs, even better in person. There is a small fee to enter the building. The ticket office staff seemed a bit bored and weren’t attentive by or friendly. We had no problem...  more »
  • Not extremely high, but the views from the top platform nonetheless are gorgeous. Highly recommended. Buying tickets in advance is advisable, although the place did not feel overwhelmed with visitors....  more
    Not extremely high, but the views from the top platform nonetheless are gorgeous. Highly recommended. Buying tickets in advance is advisable, although the place did not feel overwhelmed with visitors....  more »
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  • Honestly, one of the prettier buildings in Venice. A little difficult to find, but worth your while. We didn't go to the top, but it was pretty to look at. The little courtyard around it was a nice place to take little break, since it was all in the shade of the surrounding buildings.
  • A very beautiful external spiral staircase - with 80 steps to the top. You can access the small garden in from of the stairs for free, and it leads into the ticket office to purchase tickets to go up the stairs. Tickets online can easily found for €6, and buying them in the ticket office were around €8-9, so definitely book in advance. We went at 4:30pm on a Monday and it was empty.

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