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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 22:27

New! ... movies and hidden gems

Soon we'll give you more info about new proposals for you.

So far.. just try to guess what Free Walk in Venice by Isola Tour is organising for you!

Well, we can start telling you about a hidden gem in Venice: Scala Contarini del Bovolo

In the history of cinema, since the beginning Venice has been chosen by many directors as a backdrop for movies, some are real masterpiece in  the history of cinema.

 

For exemple, in 1949 the  English director Orson Welles began filming a famous literary classic: Othello by William Shakespeare, whose first act was set in Venice.

A lack of funds was the first one between the many problems this movie had. Anyway, above all, the bad character of Orson Welles who even went as far as forcing five lead actresses in the role of Desdemona (the unhappy wife killed by Otello's, who was mad with jealousy) to abandon the set.

Because of the continuing delays, many scenes, which were supposed to be shot in Morocco, had to be shot in our Venice and therefore only saw the light in 1952.

As you know Shakespeare set the final act of the tragedy in Cyprus that was a Venetian colony and yet in the film we can see the Doge's Palace gate... but in the movie we can see also the famous Contarini spiral staircase of the Palazzo in San Luca, called Contarini del Bovolo ( in Venetian means spiral or snail).

This incredible staricase, dated 1499, was recently (this year) reopened to the public and you can climb the stairs; the view is absolutely worth the cost of the ticket (just 5 euro).

Venice is a real film location in the open air. In addition to Orson Wells'  Othello many films or scenes that remain immortal in the history of cinema were shot... do you want to learn more? Stay tuned!

 

02 Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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