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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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  • beautiful building, once at the top you can enjoy a spectacular view, virtually all Venice! Half way there and a room with paintings by Tintoretto. Must see
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  • Discovered on the streets of Venice amazing monument can get by paying an impasse
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  • Really this is a hidden gem, so much so that I switched to two or three times in front of the street that led to the staircase and I didn't see any indications while in attendance. Then with the help of GPS cellphone I managed to get into the alleyway and discover this unique monument, very little frequented. In the immediate vicinity of piazza Manin, placing himself in front of the statue on the right you can see a little further on there is an alleyway almost invisible, with a bank on the corner. Going to walk in there and following some tiny signs you get to scale. There is nothing beyond the ladder but worth a visit for the peculiarity of the monument and the views from the top on a sunny day and visibility.
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  • Amazing architectural peace. Not really on the main way but easy to find. You can visit if you pay and have a nice point of view.
  • A beautiful piece of architecture that you might miss if you did not intend on going to see it.
  • To me, the most beautiful building in Venice. There's an admission to climb the stairs, which is ridic, not sure how much though as they close during the day for 30 minutes, and last admission is half an hour before closing, so technically they are closed for 1 hour. Restaurants in the area are way overpriced.
  • A wonderful staircase in a beautiful renaissant building, located in a small street, almost hidden, yet in the middle of Venice. when you get on the top you can also have a great view on the city!
  • Very cool and tucked away building in Venice, unfortunately the day we went it was close for a private event