Scala Contarini dal Bovolo


Scala Contarini dal Bovolo

NileGuide Expert Says:

While extremely photogenic, the charming Scala Contarini del Bovolo is not the easiest to capture in its entirety. Being in a small alleyway, you’ll have to remember to bring a wide lens in order to photograph the winding staircase from top to bottom. But the Scala Contarini del Bovolo will be one of the best pictures you’ll come away with from Venice!

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San Marco 4299
30124 Venice, Italy


+39 (0)41 260 1974


Hidden away in a labyrinth of tight alleyways, just follow the arrows from Campo Manin to arrive at the Scala Contarini del Bovolo. Famous for the exterior spiral staircase named after a snail's shell ("Bovolo" in Venetian dialect), the Contarini complex was built in the 15th century specifically for the twirling stairs. The Scala Contarini del Bovolo is one of the most unique and captivating examples of Venetian architecture transitioning away from the gothic style to the "rebirth" in the Renaissance styles.


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