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  1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice

Venice: Scala Contarini del Bovolo Guided Tour

Product ID: 123386
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Hidden in a maze of streets and canals close to Campo Manin, there appears an architectural gem characterized by a style that is Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine: the Scala Contarini del Bovolo.
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Duration 1 hour
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  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the spiral staircase most impressive and valuable in Venice
  • Witness a panoramic view of Venice from the terrace of the staircase
  • Learn the history of this architectural gem
Full description
Scala Contarini del Bovolo was commissioned by Pietro Contarini probably around the end of 1400 in order to decorate the facade of the adjacent Palace of San Paternian owned by an illustrious Venetian family.

The realization of this work, in fact, did not have at first a functional purpose, but consisted mainly of an act of prestige and aimed mainly to further grow the popularity of the family.

The creation of Scala Contarini del Bovolo had such a wide appeal that it led citizens to choose a nickname for that branch of the family for which since that time has used the nickname Contarini del Bovolo (referring to the particular 'snail shell' shape of the staircase which in Venetian is precisely referred to as 'bovolo').
  • Guided in English
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Campo San Luca (local tour operator office).

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Important information
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• The tour duration will be approximately 1-hour
• Available all days except for Christmas Day
• The tour will depart from Campo San Luca (the local tour operator office)
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Bucintoro Viaggi

Product ID: 123386