The Bovolo Staircase is part of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, a small palace in Venice. This palace is best known for its external spiral staircase with its surplus of open arches. It is noted as the most famous staircase in Venice. The Bovolo staircase was named after the Venetian word for snail, which informs upon the staircase’s spiral shape. The palace itself was designed in a primarily gothic style. The staircase was believed to be completed later on during the Renaissance.