Campo Santa Margherita in Venice

Life as it happens every day at the Campo Santa Margherita Square. Bask in the sun here scrolling through a book.

Life as it happens every day at the Campo Santa Margherita Square. Bask in the sun here scrolling through a book. | Photo credit: Nino Barbieri/Wikipedia

Campo Santa Margherita Overview

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Named after a church which was closed in 1810, it is one of the most popular and largest squares in Venice. Located in the centre of the Dorsoduro quarter, this area is well-known for its avid nightlife as the cafés here are open till 2 am unlike other places in Venice. Dotted with bars, cafés, shops and a huge public market for daily needs shopping (which is known to have been built during the 14th century).

Amidst the centre of this square is a water fountain which has a mermaid carved on it. Since the water in Venice is considered to be fresh and can be used for drinking as well, often locals as well as visitors carry their bottle and fill it up with this fountain water. Being one of the liveliest places, many festivals are also organised here. You would see a mix crowd of students (from the nearby university), locals and vendors that adds to the overall vibe of the square.

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Venice, Italy (Dorsoduro)