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world's coolest staircases: Contarini del Bovolo

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Contarini del Bovolo, Venice

Winding up the cylindrical Gothic tower of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is this spiral staircase with elegant white vertical arches. The stairs are said to be the work of Giovanni Candi, who was employed by the aristocratic Contarini family to enhance the tower at the turn of the 16th century. Climb to the top for a fantastic panoramic view of Venice. —Briana Fasone

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