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Campo San Stefano

The 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 Accademia Bridge.

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 Canal.

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 and restaurant.

  • 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 Interpreti 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, consider the 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 square.

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