Scala del Bovolo


The Palazzo Contarini and the Scala del Bovolo, Venice
Scala del Bovolo
If you look over the rooftops of the city from a high vantage point, such as the bell tower of St Mark's, you will see a curious round brick tower decorated with a series of white arches.

Inside the tower is the external staircase of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. 
The Palazzo Contarini and the Scala del Bovolo, Venice
Scala del Bovolo
Although external staircases were the norm in Venetian houses of the 14th and 15th centuries, this staircase stood out from the crowd in terms of its size and shape. 

To distinguish it from the many other palaces in the city belonging to the Contarini family, this was named 'del Bovolo', from the Venetian word for snail.

After the 16th century staircases were generally sited within houses. The staircase of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is connected to the main structure by a delightful side addition made up of four loggias. 



The design is attributed to Giovanni Candi, who died in 1506. 

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