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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
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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
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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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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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this ...not an over subscribed attraction , there was just a small entrance fee ...and little or no people ...it's one of those architectural curiosities you have to see out ,admire climb the staircase and take pictures!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a devil to find but Oh My Goodness, worth the wandering through the labyrinth that is Venice. The building resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa, climb to the top of the staircase and you can see all the rooftops of Venice, absolute gem, an absolute must do

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

no problem to locate this place using the Google map even if it is located in an inner by lane.It's free to see from outside but you have to pay a fee to go up.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We first visited this building last year (2015) as part of a Ghost Tour of Venice. It was at night and it just had this fantastic look to it. We were told at that time that it was closed to the public. So needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was open while researching our trip... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

This was another of the free sights in Venice that we sought out. We could locate this place easily using the Google map even if it is located in an inner by lane.It's free to see from outside but you have to pay a fee to go up. The structure is a bit funny as a Gothic and Snail- shaped... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We were taken to see the staircase while in Venice by a tour guide hired by the company we were on tour with. She was a local guide who showed us around Venice for part of a morning in May 2012. You have to go through many narrow, hidden backstreets to arrive at the staircase. Windows throughout the structure to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

The first time I visited Venice this building was part of the ghost tour and I was fascinated by the beautiful architecture. This visit I was excited to discover that it was open to the public. We paid 7 euros plus 1 for the audio guide and walked to the top of the tower to admire the view over Venice.... 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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