Scala Contarini del Bovolo (Spiral Staircase) in Venice – Online Tickets


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Reasons you should buy online tickets to visit La Scala del Bobo in Venice:

  • You will pay exactly the same price as tickets sold onsite and on the official website of the Scala del Bovolo, Venice, but in addition, with, you can visit the famous spiral staircase building in Venice also on a different day to the one you chose at the time of booking because our tickets are open dated.

  • You will climb the steps of the most original and renowned spiral staircase in Venice and visit the exhibition housed on the second floor of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, which collects a selection of sculptures and paintings from the IRE Collection.

  • Once you have reached the top, you will enjoy a 360-degree view of the entire city of Venice.



  • Choose the date of your visit and number of tickets. Please bear in mind that this date is indicative: in case of necessity you will be able to use your ticket whenever you prefer, on a date included in opening hours & days of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, specified in the relative paragraph below.
  • Enter your personal information verifying its accuracy. Once payment is made, the booking cannot be changed, cancelled nor refunded.
  • Please pay by credit card.
  • The entry voucher may be downloaded at the end of the online booking reservation and it will be also sent to you via email. Make sure you enter a valid e-mail address.
  • The voucher must be presented at the ticket office of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in both printed and electronic format on mobile devices.
  • Ticket prices shown on are the official prices for online sale to the public.
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The voucher you will receive at the end of the online booking must be presented at the ticket office of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo (Venice, Italy) in both printed and electronic format on mobile devices so that it can be exchanged for the entrance ticket.

The date entered at the time of booking is provisional: the ticket is open date and therefore, if necessary, you can use it at a different date than specified at the time of booking, provided it is included in the opening period of the Bovolo staircase in Venice, Italy.

We reminds you that the admission to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the exhibition halls and every participation in events will be allowed only to users with valid ENHANCED GREEN PASS - EU COVID Certificate (issued if you have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19). The museum staff is allowed to control the Certification and a valid identity document. Children under the age of 12 are exempted and those who, for proven health reasons, cannot get vaccinated on the basis of appropriate medical certification.


Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo opening hours & days

  • From January 2 to February 27, 2022: daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (last admission at 5.00 pm).

  • To visit Venice Bovolo Staircase with peace of mind and avoid possible queues or gatherings due to the restricted access required by anti-Covid-19 laws, we suggest you arrive at Scala Bovolo, Venice, a little before the hour and half-hour and avoid the usually crowded times at 11.30-12.00 and 15.00-15.30. Also, keep in mind that the entrance will be restricted and the visit will last a maximum of half an hour.

  • The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the closing time of the museum.

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo prices

Adult: €7.00
Concessions: €6.00 - up to 26 years old and over 65 years old

Entry to Scala Contarini Bovolo, Venice, is free for children up to 12 years old.

Additional concessions and free admissions are available only from the ticket office of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice.

The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo entrance fee includes access to the staircase and the gallery housed on the second floor of the building, which exhibits a selection of sculptures and paintings from the IRE Collection.

The gallery of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, Venice, Italy, displays a short but significant itinerary dedicated to the arts scene in Venice from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Among the works on show are a sketch of Paradiso by Jacopo Tintoretto for the Hall of the Great Council of the Doge’s Palace, Portrait of Catechumen Lazzaro Zen by Francesco Guardi and a rare papier-mache sculpture by Jacopo Sansovino.


Palazzo Bovolo del Bovolo staircase address

San Marco 4303, 30124 Venice
Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is in the heart of Venice, a short walk from Campo Manin.


Scala Contarini del Bovolo Venice Italy - Visits

People with cardiovascular conditions and mobility impairments are highly discouraged from visiting Bovolo Tower in Venice.

Some areas have architectural barriers that cannot be overcome. To allow access to people with disabilities or impaired mobility, please contact the reception staff at least 3 days in advance, in order to ensure, where possible, the preparation of suitable measures for access and visit.

Photographs are allowed only for non-professional purposes and without flash; the use of tripods and selfie-sticks is prohibited. Photo and video shoots can only be made with prior permission from the management.

Visits to Scala del Bovolo, Venice, last 30 minutes, as access is limited to 10 people every half hour.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Animals/Pets are not allowed, except for guide dogs for the blind and dogs for assistance to people with disabilities.

The palace and the staircase can be closed at any time and without notice for reasons of force majeure and/or safety. When possible, prompt notification via email of such variations will be given along with instructions on alternative ways of using the service and/or how to ask for a ticket refund.


The Bovolo staircase in Venice is considered the most valuable example of a spiral staircase building in Venice as it features a perfect amalgam of different architectural styles. The Renaissance capitals, Gothic construction technique and the typical Byzantine Venetian shape make it a real rarity in the city!

The staircase was commissioned by Pietro Contarini towards the end of the 15th century with the aim of connecting the two wings of the palace, built at different times, which the Contarini family had bought a few years earlier. Beyond its functional role, the staircase was built to increase the power and prestige of the family itself via a monumental sculpture meant to become known throughout the city.

The objective was achieved: the staircase reached such high appeal that a distinctive nickname was attached to the branch of the Contarini family that resided in the palace ... Contarini del Bovolo, precisely! Bovolo, in Venetian dialect, is the word for snail shell and its shape is mirrored by the staircase itself.

80 steps and 28 m high: from the domed belvedere at the top of the spiral staircase, Venice appears more beautiful than ever! An all-round view on the rooftops, bell-towers and palaces, right from the heart of the city, that will allow you to admire Venice from a new and exciting perspective!

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

The fascinating history of Palazzo Bovolo in Venice spans over more than five centuries and is characterized by a succession of periods of great splendour and inevitable decline... The Contarinis bought the palace in 1489 from the Morosini di San Paternian Family, who had owned the building since the 13th century. At the time of the purchase, the property was composed of two different buildings – a late Gothic older part and a more recent rectangular building – but was considered inadequate to express the prestige of the powerful Venetian family. To this purpose, an ambitious renovation project of Renaissance inspiration was soon started, during which the famous exterior spiral staircase was built.

In the following centuries the use of the palace for mundane purposes, including as a rented accommodation, inn, the location of the office of a charity organization, partially affected its former elegance due to frequent sub-portioning and rushed repairs.

The last restoration, completed in 2012, returned Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in Venice, Italy, to its former elegance and recent studies have revealed that the building still has much to tell ... In architectural terms, it could in fact be the missing link between late Gothic and early Renaissance in Venice, given the evident similarities with other buildings, such as Palazzo Ducale in Urbino and Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza, built in Central Italy in the second half of the 15th century.

The Contarini family

A noble family of Venice’s patricians, the Contarinis were one of the pillars of the power of the Serenissima, suffice to say that among its members, over the centuries, were eight doges, three female dogaressa (doge’s spouses), several bishops, cardinals, Venice priors and cardinals, St Marks procurators, ambassadors and bailiffs. The Contarini family was subdivided into numerous branches, one of them being the Contarini del Bovolo one, who had amongst its members Doge Andrea who held one of the most difficult and longest (27 years) doge reigns in the history of Venice.

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