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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  • 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
  • Found out that Google Map doesn't work that well in Italy. Took us sometime to find it, as the Google Map was wrong. Filed the edit, hope they have changed it now. It's not a fancy building. A little off the beaten track. But the spiral staircase was really unique. We enjoyed it very much. At the top you can have nice view of Venice. 7 Euros for entrance.
  • Hidden away down a side street makes it interesting to find. Climbing the stairs to the top and looking across the snow capped mountains was memorable. The entry fee did seem a little steep.
  • A quiet tower tucked away behind the tourists thoroughfare. Affords a high vantage to venetian sights. Unfortunately somewhat overpriced compared to what is offered.
  • Not somethimg special only from the outside i have seen much better views from a roof garden close to st Marco's square so we didn't get in.

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