A stone’s throw from the Rialto Bridge, near Campo
Manin, you enter a small side street and in a few minutes you are surprised by
the majesty of a spiral staircase inside in a small courtyard. This is the
“Scala Contarini del Bovolo,” a monument of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo,
once the residence of the Contarini, a powerful patrician family of the San
Paternian branch, which in the 14th century had the honor of having given a
doge to the Serenissima, the Republic
Its name comes from bòvolo, the Venetian dialect word for “spiral staircase,” and it is
one of the most unusual examples of
Venetian architecture in its transition from the Gothic to the Renaissance
style. A series of loggias connects the various floors of the staircase, which
winds inside a cylindrical tower of ascending arches. From above, among its play
of marble elements, you can admire the splendid panorama of the lagoon city.
How can one resist the temptation to compare it with
the Leaning Tower of Pisa? An external staircase was not a novelty at the time,
but its size and atmosphere certainly make it unique.
In Venice there is always a hidden gem that can
be added to the tour itinerary.
Therefore we recommend a stop at the Scala
Contarini del Bovolo!
Info to visit > https://www.museivenezia.it/scala-contarini-del-bovolo