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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  • Keep coming over. It's a special place that keeps attracting me. The spiral staircase-just awesome!
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  • We booked our ticket for this when we purchased our Venezia Unica card. We paid 9 euro each to visit the Scala Contarini and the Oratorio dei Crociferi. The ticket was valid for a 30-minute visit and ...  more »
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  • Lovely find tucked away in Venice. We'll worth supporting and only 113 steps to climb. Friendly staff. Good views. Cheap enough to visit. Many tour groups seem to stop and talk about it without going in... Only hope this gem gets a cut of the takings!
  • I went in a low season so there were no queues no people and I could enjoy the place very well stayed for a while enjoying the nice view. I believe the exhibition the have there are temporary, the want I saw was ok nothing impressive. The architecture is nice to see and from the top you will enjoy a lot.
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