Contarini del Bovolo Staircase

Just 5 minutes from St. Mark’s Square you can admire a masterpiece of Venice less known by the most part of the people who visit the city: Contarini del Bovolo Staircase.

Located in the heart of the city, the staircase belongs to the adjacent Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and it is considered a unique architectural treasure made by brick and stone, that combines the essence of Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine styles. It’s actually hard to reach the staircase and the adjoining palace if you don’t know the right address (there are no indications at least not until you reach the adjacent narrow street), so we suggest to take a map with you or a gps.

The staircase, with an high of 28 meters and a diameter of 4,70 meters, was commissioned by Pietro Contarini, senator of the Serenissima Republic of Venice at the end of the 15th century to connect the two wings of the Contarini Palace, which his family had bought a few years earlier, but also to decorate the facade of the palace and enhance the prestige and the popularity of Contarini family. His aim was quickly achieved: the spiral staircase called by Venetians “bovolo” (“bovolo” in Venetian dialect means snail shell) reached a great appeal and its nickname was attached to the family, called since that moment Contarini del Bovolo.

The Contarini Palace, built between the 14th and the 15th century for the Contarini family, worth well a visit for its elegance and style. At the end of Contarini dynasty it became an hotel in 1803 and in 1952 it was chosen by Orson Welles as one of the main locations for his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. Today the palace belongs to IRE, the Institution for recovery and education, and has been restored as its spiral staircase.

How to get there

Contarini del Bovolo Palace and its staircase are located in San Marco district (about 350 meters far from St. Mark’s Square) near Campo Manin, overlooking the San Luca Canal. The address is Corte Contarina, del Bovolo, 4303.

Plan your visit

You visit the Contarini Palace and the adjacent staircase every day from 10:00 to 18:00. The price is 7€ for adults, 6€ for younger than 26 years old and over 65 years, children until 12 years old are free. Please note that people with cardiovascular conditions and mobility impairments are highly discouraged from visiting the staircase and the palace, because they are not equipped with elevator (the staircase has more than 80 steps!).

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Even the climb to the top of the staircase is quite challenging (there are more than 80 steps), your effort will certainly worth it! From the belvedere Venice appears more beautiful than ever: An all-round view on the rooftops, bell-towers and palaces, right from the heart of the city will allow you to admire Venice from a stunning perspective, you cannot miss!

 

August has arrived: check out the events!

August is finally arrived bringing many interesting events not to be missed. Read on our blog and discover them!

Street market on Via di Ca’Savio

On Thursdays and Sundays don’t miss the evening market from 17:30 on via di Ca’Savio just outside the campsite.

August 11 – Celebration of Saint Philomena

Food, wine stands and music from 19:00 on SS. Trinità Square in Treporti. Come and join with us the celebration of Saint Philomena.

August 15 – “Blue Dream” Summer Party

From 18:00 directly on the beach close to the campsite music and entertainment to celebrate the Ferragosto, one of the most beloved holidays in Italy!

August 24 – Beach on Fire

Don’t miss the Guinness World Record fireworks Beach On Fire: 13 kilometers of fireworks from Punta Sabbioni to the lighthouse of Cavallino starting from 22:00. Get a place on the beach in front of the campsite to admire this breathtaking show!

August 25 – Tempeston Regatta

From 18:00 mixed rowing boats regattas will take place on Pordelio Canal!

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Exposition at Vettor Pisani Battery

From Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:30 to 18:00 get the chance to visit Vettor Pisani Battery and its exposition “Schegge” (fragments) dedicated to the 1st World War. Open from May to September.

 

Burano: the colourful island of the Venetian lagoon

Apart Venice, whose beauty is undisputed, there are many other islands in the Venetian lagoon that worth a visit. Very close to Ca’Savio you can find the charming island of Burano, famous for its brightly coloured houses that reflect on the water of the canals and for the handmade lace. Burano is a welcoming island, strongly linked to traditions, where children still play free on the narrow streets called “calli”. You will definitely fall in love with it!

Today Burano is a fishing village of about 2,000 full-time residents, whose main industry is tourism, with day trippers from Venice coming to buy lace and admire the colourful and picturesque houses and bridges. The tradition of painting houses is related to the island’s heritage as a fishing village: the bright colours made it easier to fishermen to find their homes in the thick fog of the lagoon. Moreover Burano residents favor the bright paint for marking where one property ends and another begins.

Top things to see on Burano

Burano is wonderful on any occasion: for a romantic walk at the sunset, for a family lunch or for a one-day trip to discover its wonders. Here our tips for an unforgettable visit:

  • Via Galuppi, the island’s main street where are pastry and souvenir shops, stores, bars, and restaurants. This street is normally crowed by many tourists, but if you walk from here you will see fewer tourists and can enjoy the peacefulness of the canals
  • Piazza Galuppi, the only square on the island, famous for hosting the Museum and School of Lace where you can discover the magical art of lace. If you want to buy handmade lace, be prepared to pay! Today the most of the laces are made by machine, but if you are looking for handmade lace, don’t expect to buy cheap items…
  • Casa di Bepi (“Bepi’s House”). In the past, the colour of each house in Burano was chosen by the municipality, but today every family is free to colour it as it pleases. In the 1960s Mr. Bepi, known as Bepi delle caramelle (Bepi of sweets”), because he sold the sweets in the main square of the island, decided to decorate the façade of his house with geometric patterns, using the typical colours of Burano. During the years Mr. Bepi repainted many times his house changing constantly its look and today it is the most famous house in Burano. Bepi’s house is located in Corte del Pistor, 275 just behind Piazza Galuppi
  • The leaning tower of San Martino Church (XV century), today the former bell tower of the church, is a great spot for pictures with a wonderful view of the island and the lagoon
  • San Martino Vescovo Church is very special, because it has not a main entrance, but only a side entrance. The exterior of the church, still unfinished, has the shape of a hut, while the inside is a Latin cross with three naves in Baroque-Lombard style
  • Fondamenta Cao di Rio is one of the most picturesque canals on the island. Here the coloured houses reflect on the water with alternated or mixed colours: the effect is spectacular. The Fondamenta Cao di Rio ends with a small terrace with a wonderful view of Torcello
  • Fondamenta Terranova is famous for its small squares always decorated with hanging clothes and with ancient wells in the center. Here, from the side of the lagoon, you can admire the moored fishing boats with their nets and fish traps, but also meet the fishermen!
  • The Love Viewing Bridge is so named because it is placed in one of the most beautiful spots on the island. Many tourists stop here to take a picture embraced with a panorama full of houses and colourful reflections. You can find it in Strada di Corte Comare, 270.

How to get to Burano

You can easily get to Burano from Ca’Savio by bike, by car or by bus the pier of Punta Sabbioni or Treporti (around 4 km). From both piers you can take a waterbus (line 12 ACTV) to Burano. The ticket costs 7,50€ (per person/one way). Children under 6 years old are free of charge.

Ca’Savio, a romantic holiday destination

Many people consider Ca’Savio as campsite for families, because the many services and facilities it provides to families travelling with kids.

But Ca’Savio can be also a romantic holiday destination, especially if you overstay in the low season, when the campsite is less crowed and you can completely enjoy the beauty of its nature.
Whether you choose a comfortable accommodation in the shade of a lush pinewood or near the sea, an iconic sparkling Airstream caravan or a Glamping Nordisk tent, you can spend here a holiday with your beloved surrounded by nature in a friendly atmosphere.

Many of our guests have met and fallen in love at Ca’Savio in the past! Today they come for a family holiday or to celebrate their anniversary and tell us their memories about romantic corners of the campsite or nearby, where they have spent unforgettable moments.

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Here the most romantic corners of Ca’Savio and the surroundings:

Our beach

Our beach is absolutely a very romantic place. Admire the sunrise or the sunset walking hand in hand along the beach or a wonderful starry sky lying on the sand is an unforgettable experience you cannot miss especially if you are in love!

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Sleep under a starry sky

Take your tent with you and choose one of our quiet pitches: you can sleep under the stars surrounded by nature and lulled by the sound of the sea. Do you want to find your tent already assembled? Take a look at our Nordisk Village tents: they are the right choice for you!

Our lagoon

The lagoon landscape just behind the campsite and the small village of Lio Piccolo are the ideal places to enjoy the wonderful nature of our coastline. In these places, where silence reigns supreme, even a simple bike ride can be special and romantic.

Burano island

The picturesque island of Burano, just 20 minutes far from Ca’Savio by boat, worth for sure a visit during your romantic holiday. Here time seems to stand still. Walk along the main road and do not miss to stop at the Love Viewing Bridge for a picture embraced with a panorama full of houses and colourful reflections.

St. Mark’s Square

If you are visiting Venice, take a break (the bill could be a little expensive) sitting in one of the cafes overlooking St. Mark’s Square, one of the most romantic places of the city. Alternatively you can admire the square with the lights of the night and be enchanted by its beauty.

piazza san marco

Bridge of Sighs

It is the romantic symbol of Venice and one of the most visited places of the city, especially by lovers. A must is a kiss with the Bridge of Sighs in the background.

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Sunset at the “Zattere”

Not to be missed is the view of the sunset at the “Zattere”, the most southern place of the island, on the benches overlooking the Giudecca. A nice walk for romantics can be from Punta della Dogana, near the Basilica della Salute, up to San Basilio, the port area.

zattere venezia

Gondola ride

True romantics can certainly not miss a gondola ride on the Grand Canal. You will feel like taking a dip in the past and you will enjoy a view of the Venetian palaces from an incomparable perspective.

gondole

A walk through the calli

Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets of Venice (called “calli”) to admire the beauty of this timeless city. During your walk you will certainly find a typical restaurant where to stop for a romantic dinner!

venezia calli

10. San Giorgio Island

San Giorgio is a beautiful island located in front of St. Mark’s Square. We suggest you to visit the island famous for its quietness, but also to climb the bell tower. Here at the sunset you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Venice as you have never seen it before!

Venice - Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

Our Customer Care Office

Do you want to know more about our surroundings? Are you looking for more information about events and activities will take place during your holiday or simply need help? Ask at our Customer Care office!

Customer Care Camping Ca Savio

Located close to reception, our office is open every day and available for every kind of information or need you have.

Read on and discover all the services provided by our office:

  1. Booking excursions: at the Customer Care office you can book guided tours in Venice, boat excursions in the lagoon of Cavallino-Treporti or to the islands, but also guided bike tours to Lio Piccolo. For sure you will find the right excursion for you!
  2. Sale of public transports tickets: the office provides bus and boat tickets for the public transports but also for private companies. Here you can find tickets to go Venice at a very reasonable price or daily tickets that include unlimited free circulation in Venice and among the islands
  3. Sale of entrance tickets for expositions, water parks or museums: at the Customer Care office you can buy discounted tickets for Sea Life Aquarium, Aqualandia water park or the museum pass for the Venetian museums! What are you waiting for? Be sure to save and don’t queue at the ticket office!
  4. Sale of postcard, stamps and wi-fi card
  5. Taxi booking and car hire
  6. Prebooking for 2018 holiday: don’t miss the chance to pre-book your 2018 holiday this year during your stay in Ca’Savio. You save and be sure to get the accommodation you prefer!
  7.  Info point: here you can find information about events, entertainment, activities inside or outside the campsite and much more. Take a look at the boards located by the office or simply ask our staff during your stay!

These are the most important services provided by our office. Do not hesitate to ask our staff for any suggestion, information or need: we are at your disposal!

See you in Ca’Savio!

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Save the date! July has arrived!

Here for you our suggestions for the month of July!

Save the date, because wonderful events and activities will take place during this month!

Redentore Feast

Redentore Feast is one of the most felt celebration in Venice, that combines religion and entertainment. It commemorates the thanks of the city for being freed from that plague on 1577. On this occasion the Holy Mass presided by the Bishop and the religious procession to the Palladian basilica will take place on Sunday 16th July and the night before (Saturday 15th July) phantasmagorical fireworks’ display on the lagoon will attract thousands of visitors. The weekend will end with the ‘Regata su gondole’, a gondola race organized in St. Mark’s basin. Here you can check the programme for the Redentore Feast

Redentore Venezia
Carnival Parade

On July 29 Carnival comes back to Cavallino-Treporti! A colourful Carnival Parade, accompanied by music, dancers, confetti, streamers and masked groups accompany, will take place in Cavallino along via Baracca starting from 19.00. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy our carnival also during summertime!

Boat tour in the lagoon

Are you planning to visit the lagoon islands during your stay in July? We suggest you to join the full day trip organized by Turistica Penzo, where you can discover the beautiful islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello and admire Venice from the lagoon. The tour takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and you can book it directly in at the Customer Care office of the campsite.

Tropicarium

Don’t you know what to do with kids on a cloudy day? Visit the Tropicarium in Jesolo, that hosts more than 400 animals, as land turtles, geckos, sauri and iguana, varans, small and large snakes, frogs, toads and salamanders, insects, butterflies and penguins. Ask at the Customer Care office of the campsite the discounted voucher!

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Visit Venice in one day

Venice offers a great choice of places to visit, but it is impossible to see everything in one day. Do not be discouraged, because you can plan a nice trip, even if you have few time! Read on and find out our suggestions about the places you must see before coming back home!

1. St. Mark’s Square

A good starting point is St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), called by Napoleon the “Finest dining room of Europe” and heart of the city. Standing in the middle of the square you will admire on the right side two granite columns signifying the gateway to Venice, then the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), dominating the waterway with its wonderfully arcades and its façade covered in pink Verona marble and Istrian limestone and the magnificence of St Mark’s Basilica, with its five beautiful ornate domes. The Bridge of Sights (Ponte dei Sospiri) is located behind the Doge’s Palace and connects the palace to the prisons.

On the left of the square there are the Moor’s Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio), with two moors standing on top and hammering the large bell on the hour and the Bell Tower (Campanile), that offers a panoramic view over Venice if you take the one minute lift ride to the top.

Opposite St Mark’s Basilica there is Correr Museum, whose building was built under Napoleon’s dominance in contraposition to the old Doge’s Palace and is surrounded by Procuratie Vecchie and Nuove, the two long arcades of buildings which had housed the offices and residences of some of the most important political authorities of the Venetian Republic. Moreover the museum is connected with the Archaeological National Museum and the National Library Marciana.

On the square faces also some of the most famous Venetian cafés as Caffé Florian and Caffé Quadri (here you can enjoy the musicians and a wonderful view of the square, but remember that the price of a coffee is not cheap at all!).

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Piazza San Marco

 

2. Rialto Bridge

From St Mark’s Square get to Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto), one of the most iconic sights in Venice, by a 10-15 minutes long walk. From Rialto Bridge you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Grand Canal, considered the “main road of Venice” and if you descend the bridge you can visit the famous open-air fish and vegetables markets called “Pescaria” and “Erbaria”. There you can buy every type of seafood imaginable and every variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, but only before 12:00, when the markets close for the day.

Ponte di Rialto

Ponte di Rialto

 

3. The gondola-ferry

From Rialto, next to the market, cross the Grand Canal on a gondola-ferry (gondola-traghetto) and stop in the district of Cannaregio (S. Marcuola stop). Please, don’t confuse the gondola-traghetto with the traditional (and much more expensive) Gondola. Traghetto is a big gondola (piloted by two gondoliers) that goes from one side to the other of the Grand Canal and back. It’s an everyday’s way of transportation, very cheap (around 2€ per person) and ecological!

gondole

4. The Jewish Ghetto

From Campo S. Marcuola you can get to the Jewish Ghetto by a quick walk (around 5 minutes). The Ghetto contrasts sharply with the opulence and splendor of the rest of Venice and is characterized by narrow streets and taller buildings. It was built in the 16th century as a refuge for Jews from all over Europe and then subjected to draconian measures by the Senate. Its doors were locked and guarded each night and during the Second World War all the residents were deported to concentration camps and only 8 survived. Today only few people live in the Ghetto, but it worth a visit for its interesting museum and synagogues and above all for the magical atmosphere you can taste here.

Venice Ghetto

5. Journey back along the Grand Canal

After your visit at the Jewish Ghetto walk towards Guglie Bridge (Ponte delle Guglie) and cross it walking towards Santa Lucia Railway Station (Ferrovia). There you can relax on a waterbus called “vaporetto” (take line 1 or 2) and start your journey along the Grand Canal back to San Marco. During your voyage you will admire beautiful hotels and more than 200 palaces, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, facing the canal. At the end you will see, just opposite San Marco, the church of Santa Maria della Salute built as a token of thanks in 1630 at the end of one of Venice’s terrible plagues.

canal grande venezia

 

6. The Arsenal

If it is not too late and you are not too much tired, before taking the boat back to Punta Sabbioni, you can walk from San Marco along the Riva degli Schiavoni and eventually arrive at the bridge leading to the Arsenale, the symbol of the Venetian Republic’s military strength. Although you can’t enter the Arsenale, the short walk is worthwhile, just to see the wonderful triumphal arch at the entrance, flanked by four marble lions.

Arsenale di venezia

How to get to Venice from Camping Ca’ Savio

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Unusual tours in Cavallino-Treporti & Venice

The municipality of Cavallino-Treporti is known all over Europe not only for its wide beach and clear sea, but also for the natural environment still untouched in some places and for its proximity to Venice, one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

If you are looking for a different way to discover our beautiful surroundings or to visit Venice away from the tourist masses, we suggest you two extraordinary tours organized by Limosa tour operator, you can book at very special prices directly at the Customer Care office of the campsite.

Bicycle excursion to Lio Piccolo

Not far from the campsite you can admire the natural oasis of Cavallino-Treporti, where fish valleys, sandbanks and small villages are immersed in the quietness of the lagoon landscape. You will be surrounded by the peace of these places and accompanied by the sounds of nature as the flicker of a fish, the birds chirping and the wind rustling through the trees.

The excursion will take place on Wednesdays from May 24 to September 13 with departure, close from the campsite, in the morning or in the afternoon. An expert environmentalist, speaking Italian, English and German, will accompany you during the bicycle tour, suitable also for kids because very easy and flat. If you are a nature lover or a keen photographer, this is the right tour for you!

For further information, visit our website or ask at the Customer Care office.

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I Slow Venice!

Discover on foot the hidden and less crowded places of Venice joining this tour, that take place on Thursdays afternoon until September 28.

Passing through narrow roads, fields and gardens located in the area of S. Pietro di Castello, Giardini, and Arsenale, a passionate guide will tell you stories on art and crafts and let you discover the authentic beauty of Venice. You will have the time you need to appreciate the city and enjoy the richness of slowness.

An unknown and unusual Venice waits for you… Find out more about this tour here.

 

 

Let us learn from you, write a review!

Ready for your holiday? We can’t wait to welcome you and we would like to remind you that we are always ready to improve our services and the campsite overall, that’s why we want to continue learning from your experiences!? Please help us by writing a review and tell us about your holiday experience in Ca’Savio!

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We will be very happy to read your opinion and appreciate your commentaries or suggestions, and of course we will reply promptly!

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Visit Camping Ca’Savio in low season: a great opportunity for your holiday!

Are you planning to visit Ca’Savio during the low season and are you wondering what to do during your holiday? Read on and discover the great possibilities offered by our surroundings during less busy periods!
The low season, thanks to long stretched days and warm weather, is the best period to discover our beautiful surroundings through wonderful day trips. You can join great tours by bike or boat in the lagoon or simply ride your bicycle to the old villages of Lio Piccolo, Saccagnana and Mesole whilst you admire the charming lagoon landscape with its typical sand banks and fish valleys.

These are the best locations for the bird watching or to enjoy the untouched nature of Cavallino Treporti at the sunset.

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Cavallino Treporti sunset

Other places to visit by bike are:

  • Treporti, stop here to visit the SS. Trinità Church (16th century) and its two bell towers
  • Punta Sabbioni, which houses the pier to Venice, the ancient fort dating back to the Austrian domination and a long promenade to the lighthouse with a fantastic view of the lagoon
  • Cavallino, with St. Maria Elisabetta Church (18th century) overlooking the square and the 48 meters high lighthouse located on the mouth of the Sile river
  • The fortification systems along the coastline of Cavallino-Treporti, as Amalfi Battery, Mandracio Barracks, Ca’Pasquali Barracks, San Marco Battery and Vettor Pisani Battery, built to defend Venice first during the Austrian domination and later during both World Wars.


Venice and the islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello are easily accessible from the campsite. The two piers of Punta Sabbioni and Treporti are far from the campsite only 3-4 kilometers. You can get there by car, by bike or by bus and leave around every half an hour! Venice, with its canals and museums, and the islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello, with their prestigious art of lace and glass working and ancient historical artifacts dating back to the birth of Venice, worth well a visit especially during the off-season when they are less crowed and the temperature is not very hot!

Are you travelling with kids? There is a lot to do, also for young kids! In Jesolo you will find the Sealife Aquarium, the Tropicarium Park, the Natural History museum and the museum of Military History. Also Venice and the lagoon islands can be visited with kids: you only have to travel light and choose the best paths and places for you! A little far from us, but it’s not impossible to spend there a day, you will find the amusement park of Gardaland
If you are a sport lover, don’t miss the chance to jogging on the beach early in the morning, along the around 13 km long pedestrian and cycle lane which connects Punta Sabbioni to Cavallino or surrounded by the lagoon landscape of Lio Piccolo, Saccagnana and Mesole.

Not far from the campsite you can also drive go-karts, play tennis and golf or rent electric boats and canoes for excursions in the lagoon of Cavallino-Treporti.
Do you want to spend few hours doing shopping? Visit the weekly markets in Cavallino (on Tuesdays), in Treporti (on Thursdays) or in Jesolo (on Fridays) where you can by food, souvenirs and clothes and much more. Also the nearby city of Jesolo offers you the opportunity to do shopping in the many shops along Via Bafile or in the outdoor shopping center located close to the main road and the many attractions of the city. Are you looking instead for big shopping malls? In less than an hour you can reach by car several shopping centers located in San Donà di Piave, Marcon, Noventa di Piave and Mestre and of course don’t forget Venice, with its shops for all budgets!
If you have enough time and you are willing to travel a little bit, get the chance to visit to the art cities as Treviso, Padua, Verona, Vicenza, Trieste and the Dolomites! You will fall in love with them…

The Dolomites

The Dolomites

These are just some tips but not all! During your stay in Ca’Savio ask our Customer Care office for suggestions, guided excursions in Venice or in the surroundings and discounted tickets for expositions and museums! They will help you organize your trips and make sure you have an unforgettable holiday!

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