Campo Santa Maria Formosa is one of the biggest campos of Venice created in the 7th century. In this campo you can see Palazzo Ruzzini made by Bartolomeo Monopola, the Palazzo Donà made in the the 14th century and Palazzo Malipiero Trevisan built by Sante Lombardo in the 16th century. Here you can see the nice Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa.
Campo Miracoli and the church of Santa Maria Miricoli is a real gem of a find. A lovely quiet campo in Canarregio with cafes and little venetain shops and an almost too pretty church - many have this opinion and its a popular choice for wedddings so keep an eye out on Saturdays for brides arriving here. In the campo here is a delightful book shop - all sorts of guide books and old postcards of Venice can be purchaes here. Cafes were expensive here though - 4 euros for a can of cold drink :-S
Not far from a gondola crossing and vaporetta station is the pretty little campo and church of San Toma - whose saint is dedicated to shoe-makers - denoted by the interesting bas-relief above its door. Popular which wealthy shoppers here as there is an expensive jewelers shop here and a well known artist shop too.
Another lovely large square in an oft unexplored area of Venice. In the summer an open air cinema cum playground for the locals and during carnival season it becomes a theatre and dance area. In former times it was a venue for bullfights so its always been an exciting place to be. Film screen are set up here for the annual Venice film festival which takes place the first week in September - this is the longest running film festival in the world, is also one of the most important, and many of Hollywood's biggest stars visit the city during this time. Main event occurs on the Lido but several other venues across Venice show the films too.
Campo San Luca is a lively typical venetain campo, not far from Campo Manin, where you can see a marble plinth which marks the "navel" or centre of Venice. it felt so strange to be standing here knowing I was at the centre of this amazing city. It was a place I wa happy to share with Maurizioago on our trip in 2005
After spending several hours in strolling around, you might have enough of crowd, pushing, shouting.....
There are small quiet campos where you can enjoy in pieceful and idyllic atmosphere, like here on Campo Castello. Architeturaly interesting church of San Giovanni Battista in Bragora from eight century dominates the whole squre. In fact it is one of the most fascinating churches in entire Venice. Addition to the name "in bragora" it was makes confusions about this church. It might comes from the local dialect for the market place or fishing, aswell as from the greek word agora. Here you can see children playing football, people seatting around or small fleamarket offering furniture from the attics.
This is another of the three 'Moors' in Campo dei Mori. I was fascinated by these statues - such a strange mix of old architecture on modernised, now delapilated unappealing corners - but such is the charm of Venice!
The "Mori" were three Mastelli brothers that came from the Peloponnese, who settled in Venice in the early 12th century.
Whilst wandering around Cannaregio we stumbled across Campo dei Mori - here there are three stautes of Arabian-style 'Moors' but which in fact hail from Morea in Greece. They were medieval silk traders who made their home in the family palace around the corner. It was such a strange sight ot see them on the corners of buildings.
This peaceful campo in Santa Croce is a lovely shady place to sit in one of the many cafes here and watch the locals shop (there's a co-op) and kids play on their bicycles. Plenty of plane trees and benches to sit on here - a real respite in the summer heat.
Another beautiful campo (not far from Fondamenta Nuove) where there are many interesting monuments and places. The church of Saints John and Paul (here once upon a time the old cementery), the School of Saint Mark (now is the main hospital, actually the front is in restoration) and the equestrian monument to Colleoni. This beautiful campo was - as San Marco's Square - the most representive in Serenissima Republic times...
Actually in restoration, this beautiful monument made by Andrea Verrocchio is dedicated to Bartolomeo Colleoni, a leader from Bergamo who worked for Venice and who left - at his death - money to have this monument. The Venice Republic chosed Verrocchio to do this work, but he died before he finished it (1428) and was terminated by Alessandro Leopardi.
This is the church of Saints Giovanni e Paolo (also known as San Zanipolo). It's in Castello (or Cannaregio?), near the main hospital of Venice. It's immense! In the campo around it are some nice cafe bars and a good pasticceria/ice cream shop (Rosa Salva)
Dressed in her finest attire, the allure shines through. Her jewels at their brightest in the seistre of Canereggio or San Polo. Here life is simple and without daytrippers. The fog sings relentlessly.
Campo dei Mori is named after three brothers from the Peloponnese, who came to Venice around the year 1112. They were silk traders and built a house where the weather beaten stonefigures still can be seen.
Along Strada Nuova.
I actually mean the entire length of street from Rio Terra Lista di Spagna to Strada Nuova and the Campo San Apostoli. This area can't really decide if it's a tourist hotspot or off the beaten path. It's lined with shops, bars, hotels and cafes for its entire length and even has a street market too. The shops and market cater as much for locals as for tourists, and the speciality food store of 'Rizzo' is famous as one of Venice's finest. Scattered along the length of this street are many nice campos (or is it campi?) with some lovely buildings - this is the Campiello del Anconetta.