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Campo S. Giacomo dell'Orio

from: Fisheye Venice


Not many tourists find their way to this neighborhood square in the sestiere of Santa Croce. That's too bad, because the campo is a pleasant spot for relaxing on a bench, grabbing something to eat at one of the shops or cafés, and--above all--visiting the Chiesa di San Giacomo dell'Orio.

The chiesa is one of Venice's oldest churches, dating back to the 9th or 10th Century AD. (The campanile, or belltower, is an add-on from the 13th Century.) The wooden ceiling of the church, which resembles an inverted ship's hull, is reason enough to pay a visit. Admission is free with the Chorus Pass.

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