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Venice: Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Entrance Ticket

1. Venice: Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Entrance Ticket

Discover a masterpiece of architecture tucked away off the main streets of Venice and get stunning views with an entrance ticket to the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. Get up close to its unique, external multiple arch spiral staircase, known as the "Scala Contarini del Bovolo" ("Of the Snail"). Take a closer look at its remarkable mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine styles, and then get an impressive view of the city rooftops. Go to the arcade at the top of the stairs and gaze down at the maze of streets and canals.

Venice: Evening Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

2. Venice: Evening Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

The Venice Ghost Walking Tours feature a delightful sightseeing route through Hidden Venice that provides the perfect stage upon which your guide will introduce you to Ghost Stories and Legends from Venice's Past & Present. Stroll through narrow passageways, cross sleepy canals and abandoned piazzas (campi) to discover that Venice by night is a city of romance and mystery. During the Venice Ghost Walk you'll hear six intriguing ghost stories that will bring a chill to the night air. Throughout these 90-minute Venice Ghost Walking Tours your knowledgeable and entertaining guides will also entertain you with ghost stories and legends about Venice and the Venetians themselves. Mind your step, as you follow your guide on this Ghost Walking Tour of Venice as you don't want to wake the dead! We'll cross several Ancient cemeteries hidden beneath the streets and campi of the modern-day city of Venice. And as you navigate the labyrinth of Hidden Venice you'll see numerous architectural gems lost in the backstreets of Venice that include the famous Bovolo staircase. Built by a wealthy Venetian, at a time when Venetians still travelled around the city on horse-back, this elaborate staircase enabled the nobleman to ride his horse up to his private apartments. You'll explore a secret passage-way, one of the few remaining ones left in the city. The lover of a noble Venetian lady used this passageway to gain access to her private apartments without the knowledge of her husband (access subject to water-levels). With stories of rat-infested prison cells that flooded during high tide, and a stroll along the "Calle dei Assassini" there will be many other surprises along the way. The Tour ends close to the Rialto Bridge.

Venice: Hidden Corners Outdoor Walking Tour

3. Venice: Hidden Corners Outdoor Walking Tour

Meet Beatrice next to Saint Mark’s Square where she will introduce you to Venice and its morphology. Then step into the history of the Fenice opera house, the fall of the Serenissima and eventful time until Venice annexation to Italy. Discover the eventful life and places connected to the early life of womanizer Giacomo Casanova and how his existence ceased together with the Serenissima. Learn about Mariano Fortuny, a famous inventor who is one of the representative figures of the economic revival of Venice in the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Finish your exploration at the multi-arch Bovolo staircase, twisting towards the sky, and a picture-perfect view from the famous Rialto Bridge.

2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

4. 2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

On the first day, depart from the Roma Termini Train Station at 6:50 AM. In three and a half hours you will reach the Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, where you will meet your guide. Upon arrival in Venice, you will check in at the hotel. Your unforgettable journey will start from here. Walking along the Grand Canal and crossing the historic center of Cannaregio with its delightful little streets, you will head towards to San Marco Square where you can admire the most famous monuments of Venice, such as the 700-year-old basilica of San Marco and its museum as well as the San Marco Campanile. Also see the Clock Tower of the first Renaissance building, the Ducal Palace in Venetian Gothic style and the Bridge of Sighs, where you can take romantic and unforgettable photos. After lunch, you will head for the magnificent Rialto Bridge, where you can admire the splendid view of the Grand Canal and stroll through the ancient Rialto market. Afterwards you will visit the historical Panoramic Terrace of Fontego dei Tedeschi, now the residence of some of the most famous brand shops, where you can enjoy the best view of Venice. Then have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel to end day one of your trip.  On the second day, you will meet with your guide at 9:00 AM in front of the hotel and head to the vaporetto station. There you will board a boat in the direction of the extraordinary Santa Maria della Salute, located at Punta della Dogana between the Canale Grande and Giudecca. During the short trip, you can admire the Grand Canal and its breathtaking view from the sea. Upon arrival, you will visit the 17th-century Basilica built in Baroque style and here you can take some remarkable photos. Afterwards, you will head to the Accademia Bridge, where you can admire a different panoramic view of the Grand Canal. After lunch, you will go to the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the hidden treasure of Venice, a staircase characterized by a style between Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine. Then you will be satisfied with the wonderful views of the city thanks to a traditional gondola ride that will show you the best of the Venice canal. After your gondola ride, you will board a vaporetto and return to your hotel. Take your bags and go to the train station where you catch the train at 4:35 PM back to Rome.

From Milan: Full-Day Private Driving Tour of Venice

5. From Milan: Full-Day Private Driving Tour of Venice

Enjoy a private tour of Venice from Milan for twelve hours with a private tour guide for two hours and a private luxury vehicle with private chauffeur that will pick you up and drop-off at your hotel in Milan or place of preference inside the city. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, you will go ahead to your destination to meet with your tour guide at a meeting point in the city. On this tour you will discover Venice, a city located in the northwest of Italy with a historic center declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Both its geographical particularity and its monumental and artistic heritage have made Venice one of the most important and popular tourist destinations in the world. Thanks to your tour guide you will visit the most important sites of the city such as the Gothic Palazzo Ducale, St. Mark's Basilica, the arsenal of Venice known as one of the largest industrial complexes in Europe, the Grand Canal where you can take a gondola ride, the gallery of the academy which is the richest of Venetian paintings in the world and much more. Once you have visited the most emblematic sites of the city, your private driver will take you back to Milan.

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What people are saying about Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1,613 reviews

We were a small group and it was easy to hear our lovely guide. She took us around and told a lot about the city, interesting ghost stories and historical facts. She was happy to answer all questions. Pace was perfect and we enjoyed the tour. At the end of the tour she pointed us to some nice dinner spots and because we asked, recommended activities for the next day. Amazing overall, can recommended.

Absolutely recommendable! Our tour with Beatrice met and even exceeded all expectations. She showed us great corners in S. Marco and told anecdotes apart from the "standard city tours". Thank you again for that! The tour was very entertaining and we had a lot of fun. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

The tower is a bit hidden, so not quite as crowded and the view is fantastic. There is even a small art exhibition where a real Tintoretto can be viewed. The on-site team will answer questions about the history of the palazzo and the tower! Definitely recommended if you want to take a different look at Venice!

A visit to the Scala Contarini del Bovolo is an absolute must! Located in a "courtyard", by Bovolo, the staircase is in the shape of a snail and has 80 steps, at the end of which you reach a small terrace with a beautiful view towards S. Marco.

Easy to change to physical ticket, it is at the venue itself. Better to book this online first as it is more convenient.