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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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Address: Corte del Maltese | San Marco 4302, 30124 Venice, Italy
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+39 041 260 1974
10:00 - 13:30
14:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 13:30
14:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The tallest spiral staircase of Venice is a perfect synthesis of different...

The tallest spiral staircase of Venice is a perfect synthesis of different styles (Renaissance, Gothic and Venetian-Byzantine). It was commissioned by Pietro Contarini in late 1400 as a decorative element of the adjacent family's Palazzo. Even today there are several hypotheses about the authorship of the manufacturer. The monument can be considered a unique architectural jewel in the lagoon, the new Renaissance expression that was establishing in the city. The Scala is connected to the palace by three floors lodges. To the top there is the Belvedere with a wonderful view of Venice. From here you can see the domes and the Campanile di San Marco, the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and even the Teatro la Fenice.

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Such a surprising little gem

Take a few turns along some narrow streets and alleys and you come across this. You do have to pay to go up but it is an interesting little visit and some good views from the top... read more

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a few turns along some narrow streets and alleys and you come across this. You do have to pay to go up but it is an interesting little visit and some good views from the top. Steps are not too steep. Go early!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This old staircase and museum are worth a visit if you can find it in the backstreets, the staircase is the largest and I think the only example of the external staircases built to save interior space.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we last came in 2013 this building was being renovated so we didn't get chance to have a look. Fortunately the renovations have been completed and we got our opportunity. To be very honest there are lots of stairs so if you have health issues please take your time. Cost of entry was 7 euro so not cheap as... More 

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Greater Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely popular so if you can miss the tour groups you'll have a better time. Mornings and evenings are best unless you want to climb, then it will be pot luck. The climb is worth it with views of the area and across to the campanile of San Marco.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although this attraction is off the beaten path, its worth a visit. A ticket can be purchased to tour the interior but if you want you don't want to spend the Euros, its a cool photo opportunity.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

unique staircase along the outside of the building climbing to the top gives you a nice view of venice

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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best examples of Renaissance architecture is the external spiral staircase of this building. Take some pictures you'll love it.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a hidden treasure, go to Campo Manin, take the narrow unmarked Calle de la Vida and round the corner is a small garden and this amazing palazzo with its odd, outside spiral staircase. Its like finding the Tower of Pisa in the middle of Venice. It costs only a few euros to climb and the views from the top... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

It is so beautiful and so hidden! It is north east to Fenice theater and about 5-7 minutes walk from Fenice. Go by the map and/or neighbors assistance since it is reachable through a narrow alley. Then this amazing staircase is seen. During the masks carnival it was even nicer since masked players were taking professional photos in this magnificent... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

We were the only people there (barely missing a schoolgroup that was leaving as we were arriving). Beautiful place. Quiet and small. Centrally located near S. Marco square, but still secluded from the bustle of Venice. Well worth the small entrance fee! We stayed a while at the top, enjoying the views and beautiful sun.

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San Marco
The most famous sestiere (district) in Venice has one of the world's most famous squares, St. Mark's (Piazza San Marco). Anchored on one end by the basilica, clustered around it are restaurants, museums, shops, orchestras playing in the square, pigeons, the grand pink Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the soaring campanile bell tower, an astrological clock tower, plus gorgeous cafes and restaurants like Florian and Quadri. Piazza San Marco is beloved by Venetians themselves. They book a table anytime, which offers a buffer from the fray. This grand outdoor drawing room attracts Venetians for a stroll too, especially late in the afternoon when the hoards of daytrippers thin out. It's simply a grand place to meet.
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