Venice Guide: Palace Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Venice Guide: Palace Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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Palace Scala contarini del Bovolo

The Scala Contarini del Bovolo (also called Palazzo Contarini Minelli dal Bovolo) is a small palace in Venice. It is hidden away in an obscure little alley known as the Calle della Vida, near the Campo Manin, and was the palace of Contarini family.
The original structure was designed by Giovanni Candi in 1499. The main attraction of this palace is an elegant spiral staircase with a plethora of arches.
The family hired a second architect, Giorgio Spavento, to add the staircase to the original structure. The spiral is often compared to the snail’s shell (bovolo) and hence the palace got its name as “snail house”.

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Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, external spiral staircase

There are two small courtyards and several wellheads at the base of the tower.
Many of the wellheads belong to previous structures and are far older than the palace although one bears the Contarini family coat-of-arms and was probably added at the time of the palace’s construction.

Architectural elements of the first Renaissance merge to the building techniques Gothic-Byzantine, producing a harmony of forms, with a typical Venetian character, in a monument that is unique in its type.
From the dome of the belvedere it is possible to get a splendid and unusual panoramic view of Venice: the roofs, the bell towers, the domes of Saint Mark. It is, no doubt, a privileged observation point over the city.

Nowadays the palazzo is under the custodianship of the Association of St Apollonia.

Scala Contarini del Bovolo
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The long and winding steps
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Scala contarini del Bovolo Opening Hours:

From April to October
Everyday at 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
From November to March
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Special opening upon request.
Christmas time and Carnival, open all day from 10 am to 5 pm.
Closed 25 December and 1 January.
Scala Contarini del Bovolo contact:
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
San Marco 4299, Venice
Tel. +39 041 2702464
Fax +39 041 2702458

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