Campiello Santa Maria Nova.
After browsing here through 185 reviews I saw that this Campiello (small Campo) had not been commented.
What a pleasure to finally write something about Venice that is not redundant on VT!
Better is the fact that I found info about the palace with that strange sculpture in a niche on the front.
This is the Palazzo Bembo-Boldù and the sculpture is a wild hairy god "Chronos" master of time, or Saturn wearing a sun disk.
Interesting details at P. Bembo e Boldù
I came across this building already on my first evening in Venezia, when I took a brief stroll around “my neighbourhood” and was much fascinated by the details I could see in the dim street lights. Next morning, with the sun shining, it looked even better. The pointed arch windows and the sculptures make a great sight, the lovely little lemon trees on the window-board add to it.
Most fascinating and definitely drawing attention is the statue on the left side: a man, holding a round plate with a sun. I didn’t find much background information, only have read that it might be Chronos who manages the time or Saturn with the sun in his hand and that it is one of the most unusual sculptures to find in the city. So if anyone has more information, I would be very much grateful.
The palazzo’s full name is Bembo e Boldù, not to be confused with Palazzo Bembo at Canal Grande (northern bank, close to Ponte Rialto).
It is easy to find – from the entrance of chiesa dei Miracoli just walk west over the little bridge until you arrive at Campiello di Santa Maria Nova. It is the building at the southwestern end of the little campo.
Run on the Grand Canal
The trip with the vaporetto on the Canal Grande belongs, as absolute must, to every Venice tour.
So, everyone can learn to know the city, from its best sides.
Magnificent palazzi lines the shore of Venice's famous water way, and the numerous stops offer the chance, to view in silence, the buildings, from the boat.
The French former ambasador, Philippe Commines, writed in 1495 about the Grand Canal:
“It is the most beautiful street that one can find in the whole world; it is surrounded by the most beautiful houses, and goes through the whole city.”
The Grand Canal is the main street of Venice, with a length of 3800 m, and a wideness of 30 m to 70 m.
During the years, famous noble families ordered the construction of numerous palaces, which are, at the present, the pride of Venice.
These edifices make part of the architectural history of the city.
It is a pleasure and a great experience to admire the numerous palazzi and the church, placed on the shore of the Canale Grande, when you go by vaporetto, from Railway Station Santa Lucia, the beginning of the way, to the Laguna, the end of it.
The first palace, Palazzo Diedo, is placed on the right side of the canal, in front of the Santa Lucia Station.
Then, you can admire the wonderful church San Simeone Piccolo, built in the 18th century, on the right side, and the Chiesa degli Scalzi, across the street.
The boat dives off under the Scalzi Bridge, the first bridge along the way, and then, you can see other marvellous buildings.
Palazzo Flangini, built in the 17th century
San Geremia Church, existing since the middle of the 18th century
Palazzo Labia, at the present the seat of the RAI Television
San Marcuola Church
Fondaco dei Turchi, from the 13th century, today the seat of the Natur Museum
Deposito del Magio, the old grain storehaus from the 15th century
Palazzo Belloni-Batagia, built by Baldassare Longhena
Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi, actually Casino of Venice
San Stae Church with the tomb of the Doge Alvise Mocenigo
Ca’Pesaro, one of the bigest edifices in Venice
Palazzo Corner della Regina
Ca’ d’Oro, the most beautiful architectural juwelier of Venice
Palazzo Sagredo, built in Gothic Style
Pescheria, the Fishmar ket of the city, built in 1907
Fabbriche Nuove, built in the time period 1552-1555 by the Jacopo Sansovino
Ca’ da Mosto, from the 12th century
Palazzo dei Camerienghi
Fondaco dei Todeschi, at present the Main Post Office of the city
Then, the way goes under the famous Rialto Bridge, the most beautiful bridge over the canal and one of the landmarks of Venice.
Palazzo Dolfin Manin, built in the 16th century in Renaissance Style
Palazzo Farsetti from 12th century, today the City Hall of the city
Palazzo Grimani, a Renaissance building
Palazzo Bernardo, built in Gothic Style
Palazzo Corner-Spinelli, built in 1500 by Mauro Coducci
Palazzo Mocenigo Nero
Palazzo Contarini delle Figure
Ca Foscari, today the main University building
Ca’ Giustinian, built in Gothic Style
Palazzo Loredan degli Ambasciatori
Accademia Museum, with many important art pieces
The vaporetto goes under the Accademia Bridge, the old wood bridge of the canal, and then, you can admire other important edifices.
The Palazzo Barbarigo with the famous mosaic façade
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an unfinished palace from 18th century
Corner Ca’ Grande Palace, built in 1537 by Jacopo Sansovino
Palazzo Dario, built in 1487
Palazzo Gritti, today the most famous luxury hotel of Venice
Palazzo Contani-Fasan, in Gothic style, called the house of Desdemona
Santa Maria della Salute, the famous church
Dogana da Mar, the old duty department of Venice is the last building on the right side of the canal.
The way finished in the Laguna of Venice.
These were only a small number of the palaces on the shore of the Canal Grande.
This water way in Venice is a wonderful experience for all the tourists, which come in the city.
Palazzi Dolfin Manin and Palazzo Bembo