Scala di Contarini del Bovolo (Venice)
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N 45° 26.089 E 012° 20.073
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Quick Description: Scala Contarini del Bovolo, famous Renaissance external spiral staircase with numerous arches, is the most remarkable part of small Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in Venice.
Location: Veneto, Italy
Date Posted: 2/18/2010 12:12:44 PM
Waymark Code: WM885N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lindik
Views: 59

Long Description:

Scala Contarini del Bovolo (Contarini's Snail Staircase), famous Renaissance external spiral staircase with numerous arches, is the most remarkable part of small Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in Venice.

It may seem slightly odd for a staircase to be a tourist attraction, but in Venice all things are possible. This external spiral staircase is an attractive architectural curiosity which merits a visit. In 2007 the staircase is closed to the public while restoration works take place. However, when we last checked the building could still be admired from outside.

"Scala Contarini" means staircase of the Contarini family, while "bovolo" is a Venetian word for snail and describes the spiral form. With Venetian carelessness over names, it's also called the Scala del Bovolo, Palazzo Contarini. The staircase and the loggia which adjoins it on the right were designed around 1499 by Giovanni Candi, who employed a mixture of Renaissance and Byzantine styles to create a novel and pretty extension to the Gothic palace behind. External staircases rising from courtyards were a feature of the medieval city, and you can still see other examples around Venice. But none were this flamboyant. Rising from a small square, it comes as a surprise after the narrow approaches - try leading a friend here unaware and appreciate their reaction.

The staircase is in the San Marco district and its address is San Marco 4299, which of course is no help in finding the location. Its courtyard is called Corte Contarini or Corte del Bovolo. The best way to get there is to find Campo Manin, south-west of the Rialto, where you'll find a small sign to the staircase.

Date of origin:: 1499

Architect(s): Giorgio Spavento, Giovanni Candi

Style: Renaissance (ca. 1400–1500)

Web site of the object (if exists): [Web Link]

Type of building (structure): Town palace

Address:
Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Corte Contarini / Corte del Bovolo San Marco 4299 Venice Veneto Italy


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