The Contarini del Bovolo Staircase

Scala Contarini del BovoloHidden in its own little court yard, at the end of a narrow street off Campo Manin, is the elegant Contarini del Bovolo staricase.  It is an example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance style architecture in Venice with its peculiar spiral (‘bovolo’ in Venetian dialect) stairs going up the outside of the building instead of the inside. From the top is a lovely view of Venice’s roofs and spires.

The Contarini Fasan Palace can be found beside the stairs.  It is an example of Gothic ‘fiorito’ (1475) and is probably the work of Giovanni Candi.  Popular tradition calls it the House of Desdemona. It was Pietro Contarini at the end of the 1400s who decided to build the staircase on his late Gothic palace called St Paternian.  He wanted something new.  The series of ornate decorations around the central tower is similar to Gothic and Byzantine tower stair models.

Useful informations:

Address: Campo Manin, S. Marco 4299 - Venezia
Telephone: 041 2702464
Web site:
Opening times: the Contarini del Bovolo Staircase is now closed for restauration
Entrance: full price € 3.50 reduced€ 2.50
Boat Line Actv: 82, Rialto (S.Marco)

IRE monuments are run by Società Servizi Socio Culturali di Venezia e Verona.
For information and booking:
Società Servizi Socio Culturali
fax 041.5381402 


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