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Campo San Giacomo dall'Orio

The word "cozy" (or "cosy," if you're British) might be the most appropriate adjective for the Campo San Giacomo dall'Orio, at least during the daytime when kids are playing, pensioners are sunning themselves on the park benches, half-liter-size dogs are scurrying around like rats, and locals are shopping at the small Coop supermarket across from the pretty little Chiesa di San Giacomo dall'Orio (or "dell'Orio," if you aren't partial to Venetian dialect).

According to Chorus Venezia, the city's church association, the Chiesa was founded in the 9th Century and is one of the oldest churches in Venice. We like Saint James (to use the English equivalent of Giacomo)  because it's intimate and unpretentious, with a wooden "ship's keel" ceiling and bits of Byzantine treasure scattered about. (Click here for interior photos.)

On this page, we've provided two satellite images to help you find the Campo San Giocamo dall'Orio and its church:

  • In the top photo, you can see the campo as a grey spot near the middle of the image, above the words "Calle de le Oche." The Campo San Polo is in the lower right quadrant of the picture, and the Santa Lucia Railroad Station is on the left and across the Grand Canal. (You're likely to walk through the Campo San Giacomo dall'Orio if you walk from the station to the Rialto Bridge, which is just beyond the right edge of the frame.)

  • In the lower close-up photo, the church takes up the middle of the square, with the Coop supermarket just beyond it (behind the green awnings and under the foliage-covered roof). The pedestrian thoroughfare on the right leads to the popular Zucca restaurant and, eventually, to the Rialto Bridge. In the foreground, a small bridge links the campo to the Corte dell'Anatomia, where physicians and anatomy students carved up dead bodies in medieval times.

  • Note: After dark, the Campo Giacomo dall'Orio takes on a more grown-up vibe as young (and some not-so-young) adults settle into the campo's handful of restaurants and bars. Tango argentino dancing is popular in the summer, and other events--such as rock concerts and outdoor barbecue during July's Festa del Redentore--occasionally draw crowds to the square.

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