The secrets of Venetian churches – San Marcuola

All churches in Venice reveal interesting details about the people who lived there and contributed to art, history and culture. The Church of San Marcuola in Cannaregio brings us back to the 18th Century and the life of a beautiful, intelligent enlightened poetess Caterina Dolfin. She fought against her arranged marriage, obtaining its annulment and also published sonnets. She led a prestigious literary salon, married and supported the powerful politician Procurator Tron and had to face the Venetian Inquisition.

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view from the spiral staircase

The Contarini Family and their Snail Staircase in Venice

The noble family Contarini decided in the 15th Century to embellish their pre-existing Gothic palazzo, located in a strategic position, but unfortunately not on the prestigious Grand Canal. So after having frescoed their palace, a unique external spiral staircase was added, with a mere decorative purpose. Learn about the undertaking, the materials and the extraordinary result.

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