Scala Contarini del Bòvolo


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Follow the signs for the Scala del Bòvolo from campo Manin and you will emerge in a narrow courtyard entirely dominated by this elegant Renaissance spiral staircase, built sometime around 1499 by Giovanni Candi. Spiral staircases are called scale a chiocciola (snail staircases) in Italian; bòvolo is Venetian dialect for snail. It was beautifully restored in 1986 but has been closed again for further restoration - a shame, as the view from the top is charming.

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Scala Contarini del Bòvolo details

San Marco 4299,
corte dei Risi

Area Venice

Transport Vaporetto Rialto

Telephone 041 532 2920

Closed for restoration.