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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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Address: Corte del Maltese | San Marco 4302, 30124 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: +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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Well Worth the Search

We did not find it on our first trip in 2011, so we were determined to see it this October. We literally stumbled upon it, five minutes away from our vacation rental. It is tucked... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did not find it on our first trip in 2011, so we were determined to see it this October. We literally stumbled upon it, five minutes away from our vacation rental. It is tucked away off Campo Manin and not well marked, but a wonderful discovery once you find it. Unique, beautiful, and fascinating. Only in Venice will you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is really difficult to get a good perspective on this extraordinary architectural gem but well worth the visit

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Worsley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here, as it was just around the corner from our hotel, Hotle Centauro . It cost 7 euros each a lot of steps but worth the climb. half way up was a small gallery with some very large works of art and a painting on the wall directly on the wall very very old, i asked the man... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing place, now a hospice. You can climb the tower for an unusual view of St. Mark's and the campanile. It has only recently been reopened to the public. Tower visits are limited to 30 minutes. Your ticket includes a visit to the Tintoretto room with some the the best explanations in English of the stories behind their small... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tucked away down a quiet street, when we found it we had it completely to ourselves. The stair way itself is very impressive and it is worth hunting it out

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

this is tricky to find and just a photo op when you finally do find it but definitely worth seeking out just for the sheer beauty of the architecture.

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Braughing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This beautiful tower which architecturally is very similiar to the leaning tower of Pisa rises above the roof tops to give a lovely 360 degree of all the churches and towers in Venice .We climbed the 114 steps to arrive in the top gallery at mid day just when all the bells started to ring - stunning, haunting and never... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Unique by any standards, this little tower is very different to the big ones in the piazzas. It is now open to the public which means you can go up and get a rather different rooftop view to the usual ones. A good place to seek out if you've never been to venice before.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The first time I came across this impressive 15th century staircase was before it was all fenced off and the restoration work had started. I'm not sure why people say it is hard to find - it is very close to Campo Manin and there are even sings on the walls nearby, pointing the way. For a 7 Euro fee... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

When a friend of ours found out we were going to Venice she suggested we go take a look at this "steps of the snail," which had been a highlight of her visit several years ago. Looking it up we found out that just a month before we were due to visit, the site had just opened up to let... 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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