Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

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  • Scala Contarini del Bovolo
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    Snail-Shell Stairway (I&V)

    by Zvrlj Updated Feb 12, 2009

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    Scala del Bovolo literally translated means "snail-shell stairway". The marvelous open stairway is the reason for the Contarini family palace to be called Palazzo Contarini dal Bovolo. The palace itself, designed by Giovanni Candi, was built in 15th and 16th centuries and it is mostly Gothic in style. However, the stairway tower designed probably by Giorgio Spavento is fully Renaissance work.

    Scala del Bovolo is in the hidden back yard of the palace – Corte Contarini del Bovolo. It is in San Marco area, very near Piazza San Marco but it is not easy to find it in the labyrinth of narrow streets. The best way to get there is to follow the signs from Campo Manin.

    In 2007 the stairway was closed due to the restoration works, but it could still be admired from outside, and even that is well worth of effort of finding it.

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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    Sandra (sandysmith) in front of Scala C. d. Bovolo

    This palace was built in the late XV century.

    It has a beautiful exterior spiral staircase. You can climb to the top of it and enjoy the lanscape over the surrounding areas.

    This building is located in S. Marco area. I you like to go there you have to go to Campo Manin, toward Calle Della Mandola. You find it near Campo San Bortolo.

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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo

    by tini58de Updated May 16, 2005

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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo

    This unique tower/staircase/house is one of the most fascinating architectonic jewels in the heart of Venice! It is hidden at the interior of a small courtyard very close to Campo Manin. Without the excellent tips of sandysmith and SirRichard, I would not have looked for this hidden jewel - so thanks for that!!!

    It dates back to 1499 and is so special because of its very fine and original winding staircase. It shows many arcades and a parapet with little columns that follow the line of the staircase.

    From the dome it is possible to admire a splendid and unusual panorama of Venice: the roofs, the bell towers, the domes of Saint Mark. Well, we did it the other way around: we took this picture from the Campanile!

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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo is hidden in a maze of narrow intricate streets, not easy to find. Following calle dei Fuseri and calle Vida, at number 4.299 there is this spiral staircase built by Giovanni Candi in 1499. Btw, bovolo menas snail.
    It is interesting to note the symmetrical repetition of the tracery of arches resting on columns which recalls the arches of the various storeys of the building.

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    Worth the walk to find

    by neilward Written Jan 12, 2005

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    We got of the Boat near Campo Manin and wandered slowly towards where we thought it was,15 minutes later,we arrived at the Accademia bridge !!!!

    We had missed it...somehow !!!!!!

    So we turned round and headed back,then noticed some small yellow signs pointing the way.There it was hiding down a narrow alleyway,but the bloody thing was closed !!!??//££""!!

    Its only open Saturday/Sunday 10-4pm
    Big pity,especially as The Camponile was closed for maintenance as well !!!!
    But its a beautiful building and well worth taking a few pictures of.

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    Views from Scala Del Bovolo

    by clairegeordio Written Sep 30, 2004

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    View of campanile

    I noticed that a lot of people would simply look at this monument, but not go to the top. It costs 3 euros to go the top and it is well worth it. For those afraid of heights, the walk up is not too bad as the steps are large and wide. You can see a good view of the Campanile from up above and also it is soooo peaceful up there!!

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    Palazzo Contarini Del Bovolo

    by clairegeordio Written Aug 1, 2004

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    Scala Contarini Del Bovolo

    This Palace was built in the late 15th Century, Gothic style. It is well known for it's winding spiral staircase (bovolo is the venetian word for snail shell).
    The staircase is open to the public everyday from 10am-4pm and a lovely view can be seen from the top for a payment of 3 euros.
    The staircase is found close to Campo Manin, there are signs showing the way. I loved it here due to the peace and quiet, away from the crowds.

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    Ok here's the colour view...

    by sandysmith Updated May 1, 2004

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    view from top loggia

    Ok here's the colour view withouth the arches.
    To reach this hard to find place go to campo Manin, five minutes away from Rialto following the signs to Accademia. Starting from Rialto go to campo S.Bortolomeo, then campo S.Luca and finally Campo Manin.
    Look for the narrow "calle della Vida" and turn right at the first corner. Pay the entrance fee and climb the steps to the loggia.

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    Panorama from "Scala Contarini del Bovolo"

    by rich77 Written Apr 5, 2004

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    Venice  Panorama, April 2004

    This is the impressive view you have if you go upstair the Scala Contarini del Bovolo. The entrance fee is only 3 euro and if it is a sunny day I suggest to go up because this is one of the most beautiful panorama you can see in Venice!

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    A pretty exterior staircase

    by danmcf Written Mar 14, 2004

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    Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

    Although this may be a 'famous' site in Venice, it is nonetheless - off the beaten path.
    The Palazzo contarinin del Bovolo is tucked away in a maze of alleys just off the Campo Manin. In Venetian dialect, Bovolo means 'snail shell' and this staircase resembles just that.
    The address is Corte Contarini del Bovolo, 4299 San Marco - but you'll need to follow the signs to find it.

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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo

    by rich77 Updated Feb 25, 2004

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    An hidden jewel you can't lose, one of the most romantic building of this city...
    Go to Campo Manin, at the centre of the square look for a yellow sign and follow it... you will arrive in a small street ("Corte Contarini del Bovolo") and you will find this marvellous building, with the great winding staircase. It has a Renaissaince aspect with some Byzantine particular.

    This building is open from 10am to 4 pm only on saturday and sunday. From above, you can see a magnificent view of San Marco's Church. The entrance fee is 3 euro.

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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo

    by PetraG Written May 23, 2003

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    Bovolo

    THis beautiful staircase isn't really easy to find. It's hidden in the backcourt of a house. But it's worth seeking and asking people for it!
    It costs a small amount to climb up, but it isn't expensive and you'll have a very special view over the roofs of Venice.

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  • Look for this building

    by flydoll Written Aug 31, 2002

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    Leaning Tower

    There are some wierd and off beat buildings in Venice. I found this one by walking behind my hotel. It is not far from the Rialto. The hotel is in a campo and called it the baby Leaning Tower of Pisa..

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    Corte Contarini del Bovolo

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Corte Contarini del Bovolo, San Marco. Buried in a warren of alleys, this unusual palace boasts an ornate external 15th century 'snail' stairway - again a place in Venice often used in film sets. The tiny square makes it difficult to photo but I'm sure Steve will have a better one. There are delightful rooftop views of Venice from here which we appreciated in peace and quiet all by ourselves - now isn't that unusal for Venice!! We discovered later that Steve and Susan visited here just one hour after us - well we eventually caught up with each other the next day!

    Situated: San Marco, 4299 Corte Del Bovolo

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    Scala Contarini del Bovolo

    by SirRichard Updated Sep 23, 2002

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    This beautiful round stair is a hidden treasury of Venice. Hidden in a dark patio, near the Fenice Theatre (follow the signs).
    There's a wonderful view of venetian roofs from the top.

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