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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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  • An amazing place, now a hospice. You can climb the tower for an unusual view of St. Mark's and the campanile. It has only recently been reopened to the public. Tower visits are limited to 30 minutes. ...  more »
  • It is a place to look up, there you go. Though the show is worth the "treasure hunt", which indeed makes it more interesting discovery. The architecture is unexpected, and surprising the upward momentum made the spiral stair. Certainly worth a visit and is also noticeable from the outside: they are a bit puzzled for 7 euros a ticket to go up. It is true that from the top I saw a nice view but ...
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  • you will see the beautiful staircase, through a grid! but to get there you pass a merchant of kitchen utensils! you will buy an authentic grater Parmesan, with thin blades! a memory of Venice you will always keep on hand!
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