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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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Address: Corte del Maltese | San Marco 4302, 30124 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 260 1974
10:00 - 13:30
14:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 13:30
14:00 - 18:00
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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The most beautiful palace staircase

It is so beautiful and so hidden! It is north east to Fenice theater and about 5-7 minutes walk from Fenice. Go by the map and/or neighbors assistance since it is reachable... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is so beautiful and so hidden! It is north east to Fenice theater and about 5-7 minutes walk from Fenice. Go by the map and/or neighbors assistance since it is reachable through a narrow alley. Then this amazing staircase is seen. During the masks carnival it was even nicer since masked players were taking professional photos in this magnificent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were the only people there (barely missing a schoolgroup that was leaving as we were arriving). Beautiful place. Quiet and small. Centrally located near S. Marco square, but still secluded from the bustle of Venice. Well worth the small entrance fee! We stayed a while at the top, enjoying the views and beautiful sun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The 'Snail' staircase is a down a tiny little alleyway but well worth finding as it is a lovely piece of architecture, i didn't take the opportunity to go up as was on a bit of tight timescale.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Some quirky and nice architecture. We did not exactly climb up because our budget did not permit it. But I reckon that it is worthwhile even from the bottom. There are entrance fees for everything in italy...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is hard to find! Get yourself to Campo Manin, and look for the alleyway on the east side of the square. From here follow the signs. This is a very ancient but very beautiful spiral staircase giving access to the various floors of the palazzo, with a great view of St Mark's and the rooftops of Venice. On the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely a hidden gem from the busy streets of Venice. There were only a few other people at the tower so it was great for a peaceful view across the rooftops of Venice and to the snow capped Alps beyond. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Snails StairCase, cost us 7 euros each and we have to agree with the advertising, it is One of the Hidden Jewels in Venice, it's so different from anything else you will see. You can also see the top of St Mark's at the top of the staircase. If you have the time do it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another must see location when in Venice now that it has been restored and re-opened to ascend again. Not only is it an iconic and amazing piece of architecture, the views from the top are stunning. Finding it can be fun since it really is tucked away and accessed via a narrow back street. Judging from the lack of tourists... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bovolo staicase is quite stunning! We were taken there as part of an "off the beaten track" walking toour which was just as well, the staircase is in a small courtyard down two alleyways off ooe of the cities Campos (squares). We had wandered through the Campo several times previously with no clue that the staircase was about 50... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is well worth a visit - it has recently been restored and was only reopened to the public in 2016. A little hard to find, but then all the best gems are. It really is worth paying and climbing to the top. The views are amazing, but the architecture of the structure is stunning. We went in December and... 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.
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