Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a small palace in Venice, best known for the external spiral staircase, with a plethora of arches, known as the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (of the snail).The palace is located in a less-traveled side-street near the Campo Manin, near the Rialto. The staircase leads to an arcade, providing a charming panoramic view over some of the roof-tops of the city. The palace was designed and built in its current form in the 15th century by architect Giovanni Candi as one of the Venice homes of the Contarini family. Giorgio Spavento is believed to be responsible for the addition of the grand spiral staircase on the exterior, in 1499.