Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

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Scala Contarini del Bovolo is an elegant Renaissance spiral staircase designed in the form of a snail. Designed by Giovanni Candi in 1499, the staircase is an example of Venetian Gothic transition-style architecture. The staircase leads to a small arcade offering a panoramic view over the rooftops of Venice, as well as the steeples and domes of St. Mark's Square. Due to its location in a less-traveled side street near Campo Manin, the staircase can prove difficult to find--be sure to bring a good map with you, or simply ask a local for directions. Film buffs may recognize the staircase and the adjacent palace as one of the main settings for Orson Welles' 1952 screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Othello." Make Scala Contarini del Bovolo part of your personalized Venice itinerary using our Venice trip site.
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  • This 500 year old external spiral stair case is the tallest spiral staircase in Venice and Can be found down amaze of small alleyways just off the campo Manin. The cylindrical tower stands 28 meters.....  more »
  • So many turns to find this. If you haven’t gotten lost in Venice you probably will trying to find this building. I am glad we found it. I really enjoyed the architecture.  more »
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  • 3 stars not because it was mediocre, but because I didn't go in so I can't really give a good or bad review. Didn't get to go inside because I was strict on time. Also didn't want to pay because I don't know what it's known for. The architecture was cool and different though. No heavy traffic in the morning so get there around that time if you want to go inside. Would recommend it. Venice is great!
  • The architecture and carvings were great to take in. Worth a 5 minute detour on the way to Rialto bridge to take a short look. It's in a private area.

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