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Palace known more often as "Scala del Bovolo", or "Scala Contarini del Bovolo", than with its actual name. Bòvoło is a Venetian term referring to the spiral-shaped stairs and the vortex.

The characterizing element of this building, built between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, is precisely a bòvoło located inside the turret connected to the loggia on the facade of the courtyard. The construction of this architectural element is traced back to 1499 on commission by Pietro Contarini, while the hypotheses inherent to the designer indicate one between Giovanni Candi and Giorgio Spavento. The staircase is made up of five orders of arches and ends in a small dome; in addition to the suggestive panorama of the city, it is possible to observe the remains of the ancient internal and external decorative frescoes of the tower.

After the Contarini family, the building was bought by the Emery company who leased it to Arnoldo Marseille, who in turn converted it into a luxury hotel called Maltese. In 1852 it was donated by testament to the parish of San Luca which used it as the seat of the congregation of Charity.

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