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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  • A beautiful staircase with special architecture. From the top you can see a beautiful panorama with the Basilica of San Marco and the bell tower in the distance. Price 7th.
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  • From this you can admire the city and get an idea of the location of the main churches and attractions. Beautiful scale
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  • Particular staircase in the hidden area of Venice, from the top you have a particular but not exciting view. maybe more scenic from below
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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.
  • A beautiful little corner, found in the middle of backstreets. It's like a small little piece from a old story book enchanting with some interesting history to it. It shows the classic old build and there are no tourist hoards to find. So great to relax . And not crowded like the rest of Venice.
  • Lovely site to see away from most of the main attractions in Venice so a little less busy as a result so you can take in the sites without the busy crowds. Lovely staircase to admire and pretty to see. Fairly cheap to go into and a nice way to spend around half an hour. I would recommend a visit although the views are not as good as some in Venice but the architecture is worth the look.
  • What a little gem. Perhaps I should have know about it but I just spotted it on the map and thought I would swing by during a little walk around. Was not disappointed, it was an oasis of calm tucked away from the tourist hot spots but it gives fantastic views .
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