Scala Contarini del Bovolo: Stairway to Heaven

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Venice is marvelous. If seen from up top. Walking along alley-ways and campielli will touch you; navigating on the surface waters reserve unexpected surprises; seen from up high will leave you breathless. 

There are many ways to enjoy an incredible panorama that Venetian rooftops offer: Often all you need is access to the historical palaces (many are public museums, from Ca’Rezzonico to Ca’Pesaro) or even take advantage of the panoramic terraces of luxurious hotels for an aperitif or dinner (from Mulino Stuky to Danieli at the Carlton) without forgetting the uncomparable  view of the San Marco bell tower or that of San Giorgio. Obviously if you have the luck to stay in an apartment like the one at Ca’ Lodovica, you’ll always have a breathtaking view at your disposition.

But there is another incredible way to experience Venice’s beauty from up high. Climbing the Scala Contarini del Bovolo. Hidden from the principal touristic itineraries, very close to San Luca, San Marco and Accademia area, what the Venetians simply call Scala del Bovolo (from the particular shape of the stairs that look like a “snail’s shell” that in Venetian is called Bovolo.  It is a marvelous architectural work of art.

To reach it you must access a tight alley-way from Campo Manin.  The stairway is the most imminent and valuable in Venice , which is a perfect combination between styles including gothic (technic and construction) renaissance (for the use of certain elements) and Veneto-bynzityne (for its form). One of its particularities is the “normal function” of the secondary stairway: the constructiuon was commissioned in fact in the late 1400’s as an exclusive decorative element that would demonstrate the wealth and prestige of the Contarini house.

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Ascending the Bovolo stairs little by little is a mystic experience. Every level discloses a particular view, while every floor offers new thrills until reaching the top where you can view Venice at a 360° angle.

Opening hours 

from Tuesday to Sunday:

10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00

Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time

closing day: Monday

additional closing days include: August 15th, November 1st December 25th and 26th and Janurary 1st

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