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Scala del Bovolo
Palazzo 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.

Thanks to the welcome service managed by the Association of St. Apollonia, the staircase is open to the public every day from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Starting from November week-day openings are possible for groups of 20 or more.
The Association St. Apollonia will assure the exclusive opening of the staircase with the helpful assistance of a collaborator who arranges guided visits on request providing interesting historical and artistic details on the monument and guiding the group up to the belvedere.
In Venice the Association St. Apollonia runs the openings of the Oratorio dei Crociferi with the cycle of paintings of JacopoPalma theYoung and the Sala della Musica with the frescos of Jacopo Guarana shown in the Church of the Ospedaletto.

Guided tours and special openings always available during the year

For information and bookings please call the office of the AsA
Tel.n. +39 041.2702464, fax. +39 0412702458

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