Hidden inside a small court on the side of Campo Manin, at the end of a tiny street, rise in all its beauty the Scala Contarini Del Bovolo Venice. This staircase, a particular structure for the venetian architecture, is part of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, a gothic-style palace built between the 14th and 15th century as mansion of the Contarini family. In the end of the 15th century, when the staircase was annexed at the palace, they family name became “Contarini dal Bovolo”.
The Staircase Contarini del Bovolo, a few minutes from St. Mark’s square.
The staircase, 26 meters tall with a diameter of 4.7, was built with bricks and Istria stone and is composed by loggias and arches. You can climb the 80 steps counterclockwise and, on top, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the venetian roofs. The columns and the arches give to the staircase a peculiar aspect. Some experts see a sort of connection between the Gothic period and the Renaissance.
The magnificent view from the top of the staircase.
The entrance ticket for the staircase Contarini del Bovolo is valid for a visit of 30 minutes on the day and time chosen. You can add at you ticket the visit of the Oratorio dei Crociferi. The oratorio is 15-20 minutes far from the Scala Contarini del Bovolo. The Oratorio could be visited in a different day of the Staircase. The Oratorio is opne Fridays and Saturdays from 10-13/14-17. For groups you can organize a visit ,out of this timetable, contacting the reservation office. Entrance is free for children under 12 years who have to be accompanied by an adult. Every adult can accompany 2 children under 12 years.
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