One day we’re going to find this intriguing spiral staircase open to the public again.
This is the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, found off Campo Manin in the San Marco sestiere. Look for the tiny Calle della Vida and follow your nose to get to it.
Contarini is the family name, bovolo refers to the shape of the staircase: snail-like.
The view from the top must be splendid.
The architectural details of the underside of the stairway are shown here.
There are two small courtyards and several wellheads at the base of the tower.
And, some very appealing violets.