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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  • The view is at its best in the afternoon, when La Scala opens again at 15:00 (actually it should be continuously open from 10-18 h, but that's changing ever).
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  • The monument is beautifully lit at night... Perambulate in a small alley without interest when, all of a sudden... successful wahouuuuu effect!
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  • This house features a very quirky staircase that winds round and round up to a platform that allows you a very good view of Venice. Unlike the tower at St. Marks square, you'll have to do the climbing...  more »
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  • This place is a hidden gem! It's not too well known to most tourists, but provides a great view from the top floor. For history buffs interested in the original aristocratic families of Venice, this place provides a glimpse into how one family showed their wealth back in the early days of Venice.
  • Exceptional architecture for outside stairs. Many people come but also most of them seem to be too fat or too afraid of stairs, so you can enjoy the stairs in peace. Also, you have a nice view from up there.
  • Can pay €3 more to go on taller towers with better views. The audio guide was not very useful and listening to it used valuable time for me, when I could have gone to other parts of the city as I was on a day trip. It does offer some nice views of the red rooftops and other city landmarks but it requires you to climb 5 flights of stairs, so it is not for everyone. You can view my 360 picture for a better idea
  • Climb the gorgeous spiral staircase and you will be rewarded with amazing views of the rooftops and bell towers of Venice. The small art exhibition has a few interesting pieces worth seeing as well.
  • Great place . Couldn't find it in 2015. Looked for 2 hours this year. Most locals didn't know it. Used Google to find, but was in totally wrong location on Google maps. I corrected Google maps location, but had a laugh at some of the other tourists comments when they finally found it WITHOUT Google 's help.
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