Contarini del Bovolo is a Gothic
construction in Calle
della Vida. Its name rise from
the existence, in the campiello
(small square of Venice) at the
back, of a very fine and original
winding staircase. It shows many
arcades and a parapet with little
columns that follow the salient
line of the staircase.
One of the most fascinating architectonic
jewels in the heart of Venice,
the Scala Contarini del Bovolo,
hidden at the interior of a small
courtyard very close to Campo
Manin, date back to 1499. Architectural
elements of the first Renaissance
merge to the building techniques
Gothic-Byzantine, producing a
harmony of forms, with a typical
Venetian character, in a monument
that is unique in its type.
From the dome of the belvedere
it is possible to admire a splendid
and unusual panorama of Venice:
the roofs, the bell towers, the
domes of Saint Mark.
It is, no doubt, a privileged
observation point over the city.