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Venice: Its Cemeteries

Why write about cemeteries?  In addition to being an historical, integral and necessary part of an island city that did not have adjacent land areas for that function, long “closed” cemeteries embedded in the urban fabric have left open spaces that give relief to the … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo dell’ Abbazia and the Isola Valverde

An Island Lost in Time The island of Valverde in north-central Sestiere Cannaregio, Venice, was apparently a relatively stable velme and barene combination (higher mudbanks with arable soil) one of the earliest habitable islands in the archipelago, known for its copse of … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo Sant’ Agnese and the Purloined Rio

The island of Sant’ Agnese, in Venice’s Sestiere Dorsoduro, is unidentifiable as such today.  On its north end, the island was extended across the pond now remembered by a street, Piscina Fornier (“piscina” denotes “pond”), and land further developed to edge a corseted Grand Canal.  To … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo San Canzian – Church and Campo are One!

Draped Like a Shawl Campo San Canzian in the eastern part of Sestiere Cannaregio, Venice, is draped like a shawl around the church dedicated to Santi Canziano, Canzio, e Canzionello, better known around Venice as San Canzian (thank you!).  The ancient surrounding island … Continue reading

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Vivaldi’s Neighborhood

Campo de la Bragora (now Campo Bandiera e Moro) in Venice’s Sestiere di Castello is physically very close to the broad, busy Riva degli Schiavonni, between Rio de la Pieta and Rio Ca’ di Oro, but separated just far enough … Continue reading

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Campo San Zaccaria

Extraordinary Places Deserve Extraordinary Journeys There are two main ways to move from Piazza San Marco to Campo San Zaccaria, each very deserving of a journey in both directions! Plan “A” From Piazza San Marco, walk around the left side of the Basilica, past … Continue reading

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Venice – The Erberia

Alongside the sweeping curve of the Grand Canal just north of the Ponte Rialto, separated from the bedlam of the Ruga Degli Oresi tourist shops by the Banco Giro building and Chiesa San Giacomo di Rialto, the ERBARIA is a quiet oasis for … Continue reading

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Campo Sant’Alvise

Campo San Alvise is located in northern Sestiere Canneregio in Venice, next to the Rio de Sant’Alvise – Riformati and its Fondamenta dei Reformati on Isola Sant’Alvise.  Arrival is either via vaporetto lines 41/42 or 51/52 to the Sant’Alvise stop on the north side of its island followed … Continue reading

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Campo Santa Maria Formosa

One of the larger and more urbane campi in Venice, AND large enough to possess two pozzi, Campo Santa Maria Formosa presents a dignified environment to the visitor fresh from Piazza San Marco or the Rialto.   The white church of Santa … Continue reading

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Campo Santa Maria Novo

Although it lies along a main, signed route from both Strada Nova and the Rialto to Zanipaolo, Campo Santa Maria Novo maintains a relatively relaxed ambiance in eastern Cannaregio.  A tree (!), a rio (Rio di San Lio – Miracoli — … Continue reading

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