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Bovolo Staircase (Scala Contarini del Bovolo) Tours

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Bovolo Staircase (Scala Contarini del Bovolo)
Tucked down a Venice side street near the Grand Canal, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is worth a detour for its Bovolo Staircase (Scala Contarini del Bovolo). Named for the Venetian word for snail, this spiral staircase—the most famous in Venice—is housed in a cylindrical tower with open arches that climbs the facade, offering beautiful views over the city.

The Basics
The Scala Contarini del Bovolo was commissioned by Pietro Contarini at the end of the 15th century, and built by Giorgio Spavento in perfect synthesis to the original palace’s six floors of loggias designed by Giovanni Candi. A dramatic series of white stone arches spiral more than 90 feet (27 meters) up the imposing brick tower and seem inspired by the coils of a snail shell; at the top of the 80 steps, the belvedere has wonderful views over the Venetian rooftops. 

Though it’s the city’s most famous staircase, Bovolo is also somewhat of a hidden treasure, and visits to this architectural gem are often a highlight of off-the-beaten-track city tours. Consider joining a Secret Venice tour to explore the lesser-known corners of the city along with must-see sights such as St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge. You can also pair walking tours with a gondola ride, so you can explore the city both by land and water.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Bovolo Staircase is especially interesting for architecture enthusiasts.
  • Be sure to bring your camera to capture the lovely views from the staircase and rooftop scenic overlook.
  • Tours of hidden Venice require a bit of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • Due to steps and no elevator to reach the belvedere, the Bovolo Staircase is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

How to Get There
The Bovolo Staircase is located at the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, near Campo Manin in the San Marco district of Venice. Take vaporetto line 1 or 2 to the Rialto stop from the train station. Trains to Venice run from most major cities in Italy, including Rome and Florence.

When to Get There
Bovolo Staircase is wonderful any time of day and year. If you’re a photography buff, visit in the late afternoon (before its 6pm closing time) to capture the city of Venice as the sun sets.

Bovolo on the Silver Screen
The Bovolo Staircase became popular among visitors to Venice after being immortalized on screen in Orson Welles’ 1952 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello.
 
Address: Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, San Marco 4299, Venezia 30124, Italy
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Entrance ticket to Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Entrance ticket to Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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The purchase of the entrance ticket to Scala Contarini del Bovolo will allow you to immerse yourself in the most evocative and unique tower in Venice. Scala Contarini del Bovolo ("Bovolo" in Venetian dialect means "snail") is one of the most singular examples of Venetian architecture of transition from the Gothic to the Renaissance style (Ca. 1499). 26 meters high and connected to the adjacent building via three loggias, it leads to the noble floor where the two exhibition rooms are located and culminates, after 113 steps, in the domed Belvedere. From here you can admire a splendid and unusual view of all of Venice.
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  • 30 minutes
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Scala Contarini del Bovolo - Entrance Ticket

Scala Contarini del Bovolo - Entrance Ticket

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Discover the stories and secrets behind the most unusual staircase in Venice, the Scala Contarini del Bovolo. Pre-book your admission ticket and visit anytime during opening hours to climb this architectural curiosity, which spirals up the side of an ancient palazzo tucked within the city’s maze-like streets.
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  • 30 minutes
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Venice Combination Gondola and Walking Tour

Venice Combination Gondola and Walking Tour

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Experience the best of Venice by land and by sea on a 2-hour combo walking and gondola tour. Stroll through the city’s narrow alleyways and historic piazzas with a guide, stopping in front of iconic attractions like the Rialto Bridge, Teatro La Fenice opera house and the mysterious Bovolo Staircase. Then, climb aboard a traditional Venetian gondola for a romantic ride through the city’s canals — a must-do activity when visiting ‘The Floating City!’
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Withlocals 10 Tastings: Safe & Private Food Tour with a Local Expert in Venice

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Explore Venice without the hassle of researching or planning on a food tour with multiple food and alcoholic beverage tastings, from fresh mozzarella to prosecco. Booking a private tour ensures the full attention of your guide, who provides little-known facts about Venice’s history and robust food scene as well as recommendations for the duration of your visit. A range of departure times is available for your convenience.
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Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

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Discover Venice exactly the way you want to with this completely customized private tour. Your friendly local guide will create a 3-hour itinerary based on preferences you provide at booking. Whether you’re interested in architecture, local legends or Renaissance art, this tour is for you! Along the way, pop in at a local bar for a glass of regional wine and appetizers, and feel free to ask all the questions you like.
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Private tour of Venice(From Milan)

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Our Full-day Private Trip to Venice includes to and fro train fare from Milan to Venice and back. On arrival in Venice, your guide will meet you at the station. You will then visit important monuments, museums, churches that guard famous relics, the great schools of Venice and places where illustrious figures of Venetian art had their place of work in Venice. We will indicate the places where the Venetians meet and have fun in their free time, the best osterias and Baccari, as well as the best place to taste a "Spritz" and other delights of Venetian cuisine. We will walk through the foundations and the most important churches in Venice, basking in their beauty and history and end the visit with a Memorable Gondola Ride (optional). Our tour will finish at the Santa Lucia station. After which you will board your train back to Milan with the ticket that was provided.
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Private Venice Tour by High-Speed train from Florence

Private Venice Tour by High-Speed train from Florence

Our Full-day Private Trip to Venice will start from the Santa Lucia Station. You will be provided return train tickets to Venice from Florence. On arrival into Venice, your guide will meet you at the station, We will visit important monuments, museums, churches that guard famous relics, the great schools of Venice and places where illustrious figures of Venetian art had their place of work in Venice. We will indicate the places where the Venetians meet and have fun in their free time, the best osterias and baccari, as well as the best place to taste a "Spritz" and other delights of Venetian cuisine. We will walk through the foundations and the most important churches in Venice will impact us with their beauty and their history and end the visit with a Memorable Gondola Ride(optional). Our tour will finish at the Santa Lucia station. After which you will board your train back to Florence with the ticket that was provided.
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Venice Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

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As night falls on Venice and the crowds disappear, discover the city’s darkest secrets on this devilishly entertaining ghost tour. Wander through narrow passageways and past the blackened, vacant canals to uncover Venice’s haunted history. Listen to your ghost-hunter guide spin tales about the sinister deeds and tragic ends of the figures who once walked the streets—some of whom are believed to still wander as restless spirits.
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Venice Classic Gondola Ride

Venice Classic Gondola Ride

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Cruise through Venice’s canals on this 30-minute gondola ride. Admire the city and its beauty as you ride around in the comfort of a 6-person gondola. Your gondolier steers the way, and tells you all about the city’s history as you go. Start at the Grand Canal, and see spots such as Santa Maria della Salute and Ponte dell'Accademia, as you make your way to the Fenice area.
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Private Gondola Ride for Two in Venice

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Treat a loved one to the ultimate Venice experience with a private, 30-minute gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller side canals. Pass elegant Venetian palaces, colorful facades, and some of Venice’s most iconic landmarks. This private gondola tour is perfect for capturing photos of your time in Venice, and both morning and evening departures are available.
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Private Gondola Ride in Venice

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Enjoy a quintessentially Venetian experience with this 30-minute private gondola ride for up to 6 people. Travel through Venice's picturesque canals for great photo opportunities of palaces and a view of the city you can't get any other way.
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Discover Venice Walking Tour with Gondola Ride

Discover Venice Walking Tour with Gondola Ride

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Combine a walking tour of Venice with a classic gondola ride in this 2-hour tour. Follow your guide through Piazza San Marco to the Rialto Bridge, then explore the city's canals with a gondolier.
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Unusual Venice Walking Tour

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Venture beyond the major tourist spots to discover centuries of Venetian history and secrets. Stroll through the narrow backstreets and along quiet canals that run between St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge, stopping to hear the legends behind landmarks like Teatro Fenice and the mysterious Bovolo Staircase. At just over an hour, it's a great way to get off the beaten path in Venice, even with limited time.
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Venice City Pass: Free admission to Venice's top attractions & airport transfer!

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Sightseeing, especially in a city as famous as Venice, can quickly get expensive. Save money, and time, with the Venice City Pass, which gives you free, skip-the-line, admission to many of the city's most important attractions.
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Hidden Venice Afternoon Walking Tour

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Venture off the beaten track and see the secret side of Venice on this 1.15-hour walking tour. Stroll along the tranquil canal ways and get a glimpse of local life as you explore Venice’s vibrant neighborhoods. Along the way, stop to snap photos of the Rialto Bridge, admire the striking Bovolo Staircase and La Fenice Theater, and peek into lively bacaris (local bars).
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Carnival Mask Treasure Hunt

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Hidden Venice Walking Tour

Hidden Venice Walking Tour

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Get to know some of the canal city's secrets during this 1.5-hour walking tour of hidden Venice. Let an experienced local guide show you some of the city's more off-beat sights. Walk from the popular St. Mark's Square to the Rialto Bridge to find the hidden gems along the way. Enjoy seeing this unique city at a leisurely pace.
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Public Tour: Beauties in Venice

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Discover one of the most charming and historic parts of Venice on a walking tour of the winding maze between St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Leave the crowds behind as a guide leads you through winding sidestreets and across foot bridges, stopping to hear the legends behind landmarks like the Teatro la Fenice opera house and the curious Scala del Bovolo staircase.
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Afternoon in Venice Walking tour with Doge's Palace and Gondola Ride

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Tick off the main attractions in Venice—and discover in-the-know local hotspots—during this in-depth walking tour, which includes a gondola ride down the iconic canals. Listen to enriching historical background on the famous Doge’s Palace from your own private guide, and cover all the top sights, from Rialto Bridge to the Fenice Theater. You’ll also wander the atmospheric back alleys for a slice of everyday life in Venice.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Secret Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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Grand Canal by Gondola and Secret Venice Tour

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Immerse yourself in the history of Venice with this 2.5-hour tour of the Doge's Palace, followed by a walking tour covering some of the city's lesser-known attractions. Skip the line at the Doge's Palace, then follow your guide on a tour of its remarkable architecture and decoration, accompanied by informative commentary. On the walking tour, visit hidden gems such as the Scala of the Bovolo and La Fenice Theater. Entrance fees to Doges Palace are included, walking tour points of interest include external views only.
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Afternoon in Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Doge's Palace

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Palazzo Ducale and Venice Walking Tour

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Uncover the legends and legacy of the Venetian Republic on this 2.5-hour combo tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines at the Doge's Palace to explore the lavish rooms and chilling prisons once used by Venice's powerful rulers, and then stroll through a web of winding streets and along charming canals on a guided walking tour towards the Rialto Bridge. Dig even deeper into Venetian history with included tickets to the three museums of the Procuratie at St. Mark's Square, which you can explore independently at your leisure.
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