Campo Bandiera e Moro or De la Bragora, dominated by San Giovanni in Bragora church, probably used to be fish market square. It is located by Riva degli Schavioni, very near Santa Maria della Pieta Church, in Castello area.
The square was named after Italian patriots brothers Attilio and Emilio Bandiera and their companion Domenico Moro. After being betrayed they were executed by firing squad of Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1844. It is claimed that they cried "Viva l’Italia!", as they fell. The news on martyrdom of the Bandiera brothers and Domenico Moro quickly spread all over Italy and the moral effect of their heroic act was enormous. The remains of the brothers Bandiera and Domenico Moro were brought back to Venice on June 18, 1867, following the liberation of that city after the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and buried in Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo.
There are neither cafes nor restaurants on Bandiera e Moro square but it is not peaceful and quiet as some other off the beaten path squares – many locals spend time there, children play football… Never the less, it could be good escape from the usual Venice crowd.
Campo San Pietro is one of the most peaceful squares in Venice. It is dominated by Church San Pietro di Castello. People spending time there are mostly locals, playing with their children, reading newspapers or books, or simply sitting on the benches and enjoying quietness.
Campo San Pietro is on the Isola di San Pietro, at the east of Venice, and it can be reached by vaporetto ("San Pietro" station), or walking about 10 minutes north-east from Giardini.
Campo San Giacomo dall'Orio is beautiful Venetian square with lot of trees. It is in Santa Croce area, just behind San Giacomo dall'Orio church, a-few-minutes-walk far from Fondaco Dei Turchi – Natural History Museum on Canal Grande. It is great place to take a rest in a shadow of a trees.
There is Campo San Giacomo near Rialto Bridge – it is not the same place.
Campiello dei Squelini is charming little square hidden behind Ca' Foscari, with just two narrow streets leading to it and with no access to the water. It is in Dorsoduro area, east from Campo Santa Margherita and north from Campo San Barnaba. Campiello dei Squelini is kind of students' place with very unique atmosphere. Effort of finding it is well worth.
There is sort of permanent exhibition of works of Marcello Pirro, Venetian poet and painter on Campiello dei Squelini.
Campo San Marziale is plain and dreamy Venetian square. There is neither any cafe nor restaurant, neither tree nor even a bench on it, just a well at the center. And cats finding the square to be good for sleeping. Campo San Marziale is the place for those tourists who do not mind sitting on the street and enjoying the Venice. We liked it very much.
Campo San Marziale is in Cannaregio area, by the church of the same name. It is on the walking path from Strada Nuova to Madonna dell'Orto church.
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
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.
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.
Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio is among the most beautiful in Venezia, and here stands the church of the same name. It is one of the rare sites with trees in the city.
The church of San Giacomo dell'Orio is perhaps the oldest church in town. Its present structure, however, dates from the twelfth century while the brick bell tower is the thirteenth century. Inside the church you can see valuable paintings by Paolo Veneziano, Paolo Veronese and Lorenzo Lotto.
Campo San Margherita is the largest in Venice and is well used by local residents, students and a few tourists.
It has shady trees and benches, many pizzerias and bars, fish and fruit and vegetable stalls, a nearby supermarket and an excellent atmosphere.
In the morning people go about their shopping, stopping to chat or just to take the air, then in the evening it is filled by people taking their passagiata, stopping for a spritz at one of the many bars, or eating out. In summer, when we were there, most eating is done outdoors under the shade of umbrellas which adds to the atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
This large and open Campo is my favorite. It changes character throughout the day. It is open with some benches and a few trees. It is surrounded by cafes’ and residences. It is a wonderful place to take a load off and watch Venice drift by.
I especially like it at night. There is music in one of the cafes’ sometimes and it seems to be part of some Venetian’s evening stroll.
Campo dei Mori is a square named after three brothers coming from the Peloponnese. They were silk merchants who came to Venice in 1112 and built a palace in this small square. The palace has three nice statues on its walls.
Campo dei Mori is located in sestriere Cannareggio. It is near the Ghetto.