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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 is maybe hard to find, what isn't in Venice!? You will enjoy an authentic venetia architectural gem. From the top of the staircase there is an exciting view of the roofs.

Thank markofrankovic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very cute building shaped like a snail, which offers unbeatable city view from the last floor of the tower. Not easy to find but definitely worth it! One of my most amazing moments in Venice was exactly on the last floor of it, with a...More

Thank Navratri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Firstly, it's off the beaten track, so almost no tourists (and no large Tour parties), even on a busy Sunday in June. As you come around the corner of the alley (off the Campo Manin), suddenly you see the staircase; simply stunning. It costs 7...More

Thank 749David
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I understand why this is called a hidden gem, believe me it is hidden. It is a beautiful old stair case and really tucked away. Don't try getting there using google maps rely on signs much easier we found. We did not go in but...More

Thank lisajlb
Reviewed 11 June 2017

A little tricky to find, but well worth the effort - a unique architectural beauty in a city of stunning beauty.

Thank antwerp88
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Tucked into a quiet corner of Venice is this stunning bit of architecture and history. Well worth making the effort to find it!

Thank Kgirl00
Reviewed 10 June 2017

We decided to try and find this after reading about it in our travel guide> we booked our Tickets on line before we left home. on arrival we were given our headsets for our guide which were " IPHONES " we had a slight problem...More

Thank Jangar10
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We went to see this treasure on an optional excursion called hidden Venice. It highlighted spots of the beaten path and showcases Venice life today as well as in the past. This staircase is beautiful and represents one of the oldest outdoor spiral stair cases...More

Thank Bea0811
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Nice venitial architecture in a narrow street. Not so easy to find but has to be seen. It is a great memory.

Thank Emmanuel R
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Off the beaten path, this exceptional stairwell is a living testament to the originators who wanted to impress despite not being very accurate in their measurements. It's a bit odd but in its oddity is a beauty that will stun you.

Thank CharlesSeems
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
3 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
24 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