Campo San Stefano
Campo San Stefano
is one of Venice's largest public spaces, and you're likely to go
through it if you're entering or leaving the San Marco district via the
In the photos below, you'll see two views.
The top image shows the long, narrow square, which is
the grey vertical patch just north of the Accademia Bridge and the Grand
The second photo is a close-up of the campo,
with a number of landmarks visible:
At the left end of the square is the
Chiesa di Santo Stefano, which
dates back to the 13th Century and has a "ship's keel" roof. The
Gothic interior is worth a look.
Just to the right of the church and below its
entrance, you can see outdoor tables of
Paolin, an upscale gelateria that doubles as a café
Other restaurants line the opposite side of the
square. As you continue to the south (or right, in the lower photo),
you'll pass a long-established clothing shop where the mannequins in
women's clothing are male Doges of the Venetian Republic.
Near the southeastern corner of the campo are
several buildings with a gap between them. Turn left, and you'll
find a little square in front of the massive
Palazzo Pisani, which is now
Venice's Conservatorio di Musica
Benedetto Marcello. (Walk around the right side of the building,
where you'll find a narrow public passage that offers a view into
the interior courtyard.)
Finally, on the opposite side of the Campo San
Stefano, the former Chiesa San Vidal is the home of
Veneziani, a chamber orchestra that performed concerts in Venice
and around the world since 1987.
Tip: If you're
looking for a charming and cozy hotel at a reasonable price,
Hotel Santo Stefano on the western side of the campo.
The small three-star hotel is in a 15th Century Venetian Gothic
watchtower, but the interior is fully air-conditioned, and Wi-Fi is
free. In good weather, you can have breakfast outdoors on the