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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
San Marco
+39 041 309 6605
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it can be a little tricky to find, it is well worth the effort. The staircase is espectacular, and the views from the top are beautiful.

Thank Monica W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And when you get there, it is quite beautiful to see. We stopped by late one day near closing and were able to get in without waiting. Booking onllne, one has to pick a time, and we were unable to plan around a visit in...More

Thank windsurfer_2003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden among the calli, there is this incredible stair that has the aspect of vertical spiral. The view from the terrace it’s so beautiful.

Thank Gino178
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is super hidden away in the small back streets of Venice. We found it right at sunset and had about 45 minutes left to climb and see the view. It was beautiful. I wish we had seen it during the day as well, but...More

Thank Leigh710
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visit Venice 3 to 4 times a year and i am amazed how many people miss this wonderful building , it is a little difficult to find but well worth a visit and after all everybody get's lost at least once in Venice that...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Second time in Venice and having not gotten to see it the first time round decided to pop and have a look whilst my wife and daughter visited the Doges Palace. Somehow got lost! (sense of direction is terrible! - get lost in supermarkets) and...More

Thank chriswood72
Reviewed 11 November 2017

I was expecting to see many of what I believed to be traditional venetian staircases in Venice (ie. a staircase with arched windows along the side) but this was the only one that I could find. Not only that, it was hidden away in a...More

Thank streborts
Reviewed 9 November 2017

we came again to see this gem since we wanted to see the Morandi exhibition and we were overwhelmed again bu the beauty of this attraction and the view from the top

Thank nicolas s
Reviewed 8 November 2017

An unusual, beautiful exterior staircase that winds round like a snail's shell! You can just manage a photo of the whole height if you squeeze into the corner!

Thank Jenny L
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

We took a Grand Walking Tour and our guide Lara took us here. It is a beautiful house and you can climb the stairs for a magnificent view of the city.

Thank Karen S
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
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Monique G
2 May 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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15 July 2015|
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Response from GeraldineUK | Reviewed this property |
Yea, it is open for visitors but you have to book an appointment
Rabih Z
23 January 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