Monday, May 11, 2009

A Venetian Palazzo: The Contarini

I’ve posted this rather odd-looking palace particularly for its charm. The 15th century Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is well known for its spiral staircase ‘Scala Contarini del Bovolo' (Staircase of the snail; because of its shape). The staircase is actually in the courtyard.

Staircase:










Doorhead of the Palazzo:



Grand Hall:







For centuries this palace was the home of the powerful Contarini family. The palace is located in a rather secluded part of Venice..less traveled, if you wish. I’ve heard that staying here is like reliving history. And because it’s in an older section of Venice (Castello) it still holds its fascinating feel. From the top of the staircase you can enjoy a panoramic view of Venice and its historical homes.

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5 comments:

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Ohh how I love your Venice posts! Makes me wish I was strolling the tiny streets, traversing the little bridges and drifting the canals being serenaded!
Thanks for your lovely photos!
Kirsten

Ms. Lucy said...

YOu're very welcome Ms. K! I wish I were there too:) Thanks.

Nely said...

Oh my gosh, these pictures are beautiful. (sighs) What i would give to tour one of these.

♥ Nely

Ingrid Mida said...

There is no doubt that grand hall is grand!!! I also love that staircase.

Dar said...

These are beautiful pictures. This palace looks fascinating. I'd love to visit and what a great staircase!