Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Hidden in a maze of streets and canals, very close to Campo Manin, along one of the main tourist routes in Venice (railway – Academy), appears an architectural gem characterized by a style that is among Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine: Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo.

This palace is also called the Palazzo Contarini Minelli dal Bovolo.

It is a small palace in Venice, Italy, best known for its external multi-arch spiral staircase known as the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (literally, “of the snail”).

The spiral staircase most impressive and valuable in Venice is a perfect synthesis of different styles: Renaissance (for the use of some elements such as the capitals), Gothic (for the construction technique) and Venetian-Byzantine (for the form).

It leads to an arcade, providing an impressive view of the city roof-tops.

Address: Corte Contarini del Bovolo, San Marco 4299, 30124 Venice

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