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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." Using our custom trip planner, Venice attractions like Scala Contarini del Bovolo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Save money and avoid tourist crowds by booking your accommodation outside the historical center of Venice. Central Venice is full of picturesque canals and narrow lanes, but it is also extremely noisy and hectic throughout the day and late into the night. You can explore the ancient city's charms at your own pace by staying at a comfortable B&B or small hotel located in the city's residential suburbs. To stay close to the finest beaches and restaurants, check into a hotel on the island of Lido, the city's famous seaside resort.
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  • A little tricky to find, but well worth the effort - a unique architectural beauty in a city of stunning beauty.  more »
  • Tucked into a quiet corner of Venice is this stunning bit of architecture and history. Well worth making the effort to find it!  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • Quiet tower with good views. Recently restored. Check opening times before visiting as closed at lunch time for example.
  • You have got to visit this tower! Such a magical view when you're up there alone. So many angles for such great photos.
  • I didn't have enough time to merit paying the 7 euro entrance charge. Looks amazing though. One of Venice's hidden gems.
  • Amazing building with spiral staircase. Usually not crowded so worth visiting
  • Amazing building. I must see if in Venice!