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Hidden in a small courtyard at the end of a narrow street behind Campo Manin, this amazing spiral staircase is a must-see.
It is one of the best examples of Venetian architecture of this period - between gothic and renaissance. At the top of the staircase you can admire the view of rooftops, bell towers and the domes of Saint Mark's.

After a long restoration it is open to the public again from the end of January 2016. Tickets are available from the website.


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Contact Details

Address: Scala Contarini del Bovolo, San Marco 4299, Corte Contarini del Bovolo, 30124 Venezia

Opening Hours

From Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am – 1:30 pm and 2 pm – 6 pm.
Last admission 5:30 pm.
Closed on Monday.

Events (Beta version)

The Bovolo Staircase Reopening to the Public 11.00 am to 7.00 pm on Saturday, 30 January 2016


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photo Tip by Tj Cosgrove on Wednesday the 3 of September, 2014 at 2:37 pm
Hidden behind a few side streets but well worth finding. Beautiful spiral staircase, supposedly for a horse!

photo Tip by Italy by limo - on Monday the 16 of March, 2015 at 12:54 pm
Might be a little bit hard to find but the Contarini del Bovolo staircase is an extraordinary example of Venetian architecture embracing renaissance style.

photo Tip by Petra Seidel on Friday the 13 of July, 2012 at 10:15 am
We found it during a Geocaching-Trip in Venice. It is a very impressive building from the 14th Century, the staircase was built in 1499th. An absolute must see if you are in Venice.

photo Tip by Kristjan Wager on Saturday the 6 of August, 2016 at 12:58 pm
Beautiful architecture and view from the top was spectacular

photo Tip by Ben Baron on Friday the 5 of September, 2014 at 4:19 pm
You might have to turn the map a bit to reach this interesting piece of architecture since it's hidden down a small alley, but it's worth the detour.

photo Tip by David GG on Thursday the 8 of September, 2011 at 8:40 pm
[EN] A secret place without tourist. It is worth visiting to see the spiral. It's hard to find it.

photo Tip by Ru Galiev on Friday the 26 of October, 2018 at 9:55 am
The hidden treasure however we did not go inside since the entrance fee is pricey

photo Tip by Ruth Banbury on Tuesday the 5 of November, 2019 at 1:46 pm
Well worth the climb , fantastic views

photo Tip by Marco M on Saturday the 30 of December, 2017 at 11:27 am
Just to have a quick look outside but don't pay to go inside the view is not interesting at all

photo Tip by Sunny Sombrero on Friday the 19 of July, 2013 at 12:06 am
Without foursquare, i would have never found this secret place. thx ;P

photo Tip by Routine on Sunday the 22 of February, 2015 at 3:05 pm
Under reconstruction

photo Tip by Vlad on Tuesday the 20 of May, 2014 at 1:18 pm
Unfortunately closed!

photo Tip by Ângelo Miguel Geraldo on Sunday the 25 of October, 2015 at 11:44 pm
Este 'palazzo' gótico é conhecido pela sinuosa escadaria exterior. O belo lanço de escadas em tijolo vermelho e pedra istriana dá acesso a cinco pisos de graciosas 'loggias' encurvadas numa torre. Translate

photo Tip by Denis Caraush on Sunday the 14 of September, 2014 at 4:07 pm
После многочисленных поворотов налево-направо, вы неожиданно для себя выйдете в небольшой дворик, на котором безраздельно главенствует спиралью возвышающаяся лестница, изрезанная арками. Translate

photo Tip by Denis Caraush on Sunday the 14 of September, 2014 at 4:05 pm
От площади Campo San Bartolomeo у подножия Риальто - по желтым указателям до Accademia & до площади Campo Manin, где на маленькой панели, которую очень просто не заметить, указано направление на Scala Translate

photo Tip by David GG on Thursday the 8 of September, 2011 at 8:40 pm
[ES] Es un lugar secreto donde no encontraras turistas, merece la pena acercarse para ver la escalera de caracol. Algo difícil de encontrar. Translate

photo Tip by Irawinny on Tuesday the 2 of May, 2017 at 9:20 am
Я несколько лет мечтала попасть сюда и подняться по лестнице наконец! Translate

photo Tip by Luigi Candida on Saturday the 15 of October, 2011 at 7:18 pm
Un posto magnifico dove rinchiudersi con chi si ama, fuori il mondo, dentro il tuo mondo. Translate

photo Tip by Marjorie Soutric on Sunday the 6 of March, 2011 at 11:22 pm
Ne pas manquer cette perle loin de l agitation touristique Translate

photo Tip by marco del maschio on Friday the 16 of December, 2011 at 8:26 am
Senz'altro una delle perle nascoste di Venezia Translate



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