by Tommaso Cecili, 2B

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a late Gothic building in Venice, located in San Marco , near “Campo” Manin, overlooking Rio di San Luca.


The palace was built between the fourteenth and fifteenth century as a residence of the Contarini ” San Paternian ” , which since the end of the fifteenth century , due to the addition of the spiral staircase , was nicknamed ” the Bovolo ” .

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The building , being sandwiched between Rio di San Luca and the Maltese court , has two sides , very different from each other .
Hidden in a maze of streets and canals, the Contarini Manin palace  shows its wonderful spiral staircase  made with precious marbles that during hundreds of years of life have faded but in recent years have been restored. Nowadays the staircase has returned to its former glory . It is nice because it has a unique style , it was built with beautiful bricks and at the top it has a large metal dome. From a distance you can see it standing out because it is the highest of the other buildings . At the top you can enjoy a breathtaking view: the bell tower of San Marco . At the entrance there is an old well and a small garden with many flowers .
It was commissioned by Pietro Contarini at the end of 1400 .
Still not known who designed the staircase … But it is assumed Giovanni Candi or Giorgio Spavento.


Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 13.30 and from 14.00 to 18.00
Closing day : Monday
closed on August 15 , November 1, 25 and 26 December , 1 January.