Every week WordPress, who host these blogs, run a photo challenge based around a one word theme.
This week’s topic is “descent” which immediately made me think of these two beautiful staircases – the top one is in the Vatican Museum in Rome and the lower one is tucked away down an alley off a narrow back street in Venice.
Legend has it that the owner of Palazzo Contarini was too lazy to walk up stairs so had a staircase built that was big enough for him to ride his horse up! Now that is really lazy! But at least he built a beautiful staircase which is known locally as the scala del bovolo or snail staircase. Bovolo means snail in Venetian dialect, whereas in Italian the word is chiocciola.
So which one do you prefer or do you have another staircase in Italy that you love? Leave a comment and let me know!
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