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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

San Marco, 4303, 30124 Venice, Italy
+39 041 309 6605
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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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San Marco, 4303, 30124 Venice, Italy
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"beautiful staircase"
in 10 reviews
"leaning tower of pisa"
in 8 reviews
"ghost tour"
in 8 reviews
"amazing piece of architecture"
in 6 reviews
"narrow alley"
in 6 reviews
"small courtyard"
in 6 reviews
"well worth the search"
in 5 reviews
"yellow sign"
in 4 reviews
"architectural gem"
in 6 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 14 reviews
"open to the public"
in 12 reviews
"interesting building"
in 7 reviews
"off the beaten track"
in 18 reviews
"follow the signs"
in 4 reviews
"around the corner"
in 5 reviews
"walking tour"
in 10 reviews
"st mark's square"
in 7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having read about the staircase in the guide book, I just had to find it and climb it. It wasn't easy to find! It is tucked away and you have to be persistant to get there. There is quite and expensive entrance fee and then...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a bit of finding, but so glad we did. Stunning tower tucked away in a courtyard with amazing views from the top. No crowds of people climbing it when we went so spent quite some time up there admiring the views. The tower is...More

Thank anteallachleicester
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tower may be hard to find but worth the effort. It's only 7 Euro to enter. The walk up is easy to the top. The view is amazing. You can see St Mark's church and the Campanile. Absolutely beautiful. Look for a small alley...More

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous example of Gothic architecture and leads you to a fabulous view of the orange rooftops of Venice at the top of the staircase. Is tucked away behind some side streets, I used Maps.me to find it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An unusual tower and well worth seeing as it's quite unique. Unfortunately the paintings I wanted to see weren't there however the palazzo is worth a visit just to see the tower and enjoy the views from the top. Palazzo is empty but has a...More

Thank Jacquie H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth the climb to see the views. We were lucky and got a warm sunny day. There are loads of steps up and it can be busy with school children. There is a room off one floor that houses some paintings. Went back at night...More

Thank whitwham
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

I wouldn't bother paying the entrance fee. Just take a few photos outside. The "museum" is one room with a few paintings and the view from the top is nothing more than a skyline of roof tops. If you want a decent view of the...More

Thank Zarch
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

In the middle of narrow streets and chanels suddenly a very different building with a great stear. The only thing I could say is wohu

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

You can visit a tower with a spiral staircase. Builders prepared a symphony of arches and stone decorations. There is also a little garden with carved remains of old wells and other masterpieces. You can climb up to admire the view. You need to pay...More

Thank Miha P
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We pass this Tower as we were doing a walking tour in Venice unfortunately because the walking tour is 3 hours long and when we came across this Tower we were only an hour and a half in to the tour so unfortunately we didn't...More

Thank GiovanniCork
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Monique G
3 May 2016|
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Response from ScalaContariniBovolo | Property representative |
Dear Monique, In our website you can find all the informations you need: search us on google typing scalacontarinidelbovolo. Thanks for choosing us and best regards, Scala Contarini del Bovolo
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mark19742016
15 July 2015|
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Response from GeraldineUK | Reviewed this property |
Yea, it is open for visitors but you have to book an appointment
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Rabih Z
24 January 2015|
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Response from MarieS443 | Reviewed this property |
I visited in October 2014 - at that time, it had a palisade fence around it, so you could not go inside, but the entire front fascade was visible. The building is in a narrow alleyway so even though there is a fence it does... More
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