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Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo: Entry Ticket

Climb one of the finest spiral staircases of the Renaissance

Scala & Tintoretto Room
Open today: 10:00 - 18:00
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Provider: Ve.La. S.p.A
Registered address: Isola Nova del Tronchetto 21, 30135, Venice, IT
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Admission to the staircase Scala Contarini del Bovolo (30 minutes)
Admission to the Tintoretto Room
Admission to the Oratorio dei Crociferi (if selected) - currently closed
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  • Climb one of Venice's little-known gems, the expansive spiral staircase that Orson Welles used in his version of Othello
  • Explore a fascinating blend of Renaissance, Gothic and Venetian-Byzantine architecture
  • Opt to see Oratorio dei Crociferi and its glowing paintings by Palma il Giovane, all in a small but beautiful prayer hall

The commanding spiral staircase of the Scala Contarini del Bovolo is the stuff of story books (and mathematical theories, no doubt!). It's a real Venetian gem and a classic combination of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, known for being used prominently by Orson Welles in his version of Othello.

The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a tiny, pretty palazzo that's often blessed with hot Venetian sunbeams. Despite its small size, it's famed all over Italy for its external, multi-arch spiral staircase: the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, which is Venetian for the shell of the snail.

You'll soon see why. Standing at the top, looking down, the intricate design of spiralling stairs looks just like a snail's shell - a very posh snail's shell. Each step is broad and expansive, and the overall effect is definitely majestic.

The palazzo was built in the 15th century by the architect Giovanni Candi, but the spiral staircase was added later in 1499. This gastropod-like beauty is an elegant testament to Venice's unique history and architecture. It's also the tallest spiral staircase in Venice!

Opt for the combo ticket and pay a visit to Oratorio dei Crociferi, just a short walk away. This small Roman Catholic prayer hall is filled with a stunning cycle of paintings by Palma il Giovane. Witnessing the glowing red and gold robes worn by the dignitaries and notables in these paintings is a must for art lovers.

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Scala & Tintoretto Room
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
San Marco 4303, 30124, Venice
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  • Get a full refund if you select a refundable ticket during checkout and cancel until 23:59 the day before you visit.
  • Rescheduling is not possible for this ticket.

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3 reviews
Lucie,  Czech Republic Czech Republic
21 Apr 2024
I recommend to order tickets on the official web of Contarini del bevolo, here you buy a ticket a little bit more expansive. But we didn't have any problems with tickets, everything was fine.
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Ewa,  Ireland Ireland
07 Feb 2024
Beautiful building, the ticket is very pricy for what you see, but I was lucky to come across two people in amazing carnival costumes, so I was able to take great photos.
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Shana,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
08 Mar 2024
Amazing loved it loved the view The stone structure The arches and how it was made
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