Venice’s Spiral Stairs: La Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Jun 01, 2020 91

Tucked into a little dead-end that you might otherwise pass right by is one of my favorite hidden wonders in La Serenissima. The spiral staircase of Venice is officially known as La Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

In Venetian “bovolo” means snail shell, which is usually known as a “chiocchiola” in Italian. The pretty stairs do indeed give the impression of a twisting shell curving up the side of an old palazzo. 

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