Scala Contarini del Bovolo: visit a Venetian jewel!

You will be enchanted by this splendid spiral staircase hidden in the heart of Venice, a real jewel to admire up close … with a memorable view of Venice from above! Discover the jewels of Fonazione Venezia!


  • Climb to the top of the staircase and enjoy the view of all of Venice
  • A monument of the highest architectural value, a hidden gem in the Maltese field
  • A guided tour to go back in the history of the Serenissima!



Adult € 8 (1 euro reservation included)

Reduced ( from 12- 26 y.o./ over 65 y.o./ member of Touring club) € 6

Children ( 0-11 y.o) : free




Other practical information

Spoken Languages

  • Italian
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Included / Excluded

Included :

Entrance to Bovolo tower

Excluded :

Whatever is not mentioned in “what is included”

Sales Conditions

Once purchased, the ticket is non-refundable. It is possible to change the date and time of the order made only by contacting the booking office by telephone until midnight (GMT + 1) on the day before the date of the visit.


Scala del Bovolo: every day


30 minutes


  • Child Friendly
  • Sustainable
  • Accessible with public transport

A few steps from Campo Manin and not far from San Marco, we find one of the hidden jewels of Venice: Scala Contarini del Bovolo! Next to the staircase, from which it takes its name, there is Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, built at the end of the fifteenth century in late Gothic style.

The palace has two very different facades, one overlooking the court of the Maltese, the other towards the Rio di San Luca.

To attract the attention of all visitors, a monumental staircase of 80 monolithic steps that rotate counterclockwise, surmounted by a dome viewpoint. Climb to the top to enjoy the spectacular view that will appear to your eyes! Scala Contarini del ticket, book them now!

Bovolo tower Venise: Why is it called that?

Scala Contarini del Bovolo is the most valuable spiral staircase in Venice, a unique monument, at the time delicate and imposing, which combines different styles, from Renaissance, to Gothic, to Venetian-Byzantine.

The construction of Bovolo tower in Venice was commissioned by Pietro Contarini, a Venetian lord,  member of the family branch who was engaged as senators of the Serenissima Republic. This marvel of architecture was realized by Giovanni Candi.

Bovolo Venice: unexpected surprise on the top!

The palace Bovolo in Venice was built between the 14th and 15th centuries as the home of the Contarini “di San Paternian” family, who once added the staircase to their home were nicknamed “dal Bovolo”, a Venetian snail.

Climb up the Scala Contarini del Bovolo staircase and feel the lively sensation of being at the centre of the city’s history… with a surprise waiting for you at the top: the Belvedere offers an unforgettable view of Venice, at any time of day.

Also worth mentioning is the Sala del Tintoretto, part of the same complex, which houses a precious sketch by Tintoretto of the famous Paradise.

Scala Contarini del Bovolo tickets: discover a venetian marvel

In addition to the entrance to Scala del Bovolo you can include a visit to another jewel site of the Fondazione Venezia, the Oratorio dei Crociferi-Sito nel sestiere di castello, a short distance from Fondamenta della Misericordia.

Founded in the 13th century with a welfare function, the Oratory is a unique artistic-monum thanks to the cycle of paintings by Palma il Giovane that decorates it entirely telling the story of the order of crucifers in Venice. A truly evocative visit for lovers of art and history.

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