The Campo Santa Maria Formosa is vast, irregular and full of beautiful buildings, one of the liveliest on the island of Venice. It hides among the streets and alleys of the Castello district, not far from San Marco Square, which has influenced the political and religious life of this square over time.

Campo Santa Maria Formosa

Its charm derives in part from its proportions and, in part, from the joyful atmosphere cheered by the fruit and vegetable stalls, from the bars and cafes that offer a glimpse of the daily confusion that once characterized every field in the city.

Campo Santa Maria Formosa

During the day of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, an important anniversary was celebrated in this place, with which the liberation of twelve pretty girls from the Istrian pirates was commemorated by some valiant Venetians.
To embellish the field of Santa Maria Formosa we find many very interesting buildings, including Palazzo Donà, Palazzo Vitturi, Palazzo Querini Stampalia and Palazzo Grimani, as well as a spectacular church from which the field takes its name.

Campo Santa Maria Formosa

The Santa Maria Formosa Church, founded in the seventh century, was the first church in Venice dedicated to the Virgin Mary and, it represents, the largest and most unusual treasure of this place, thanks to its two main facades, arranged one on the field and the other on the canal.

Campo Santa Maria Formosa

According to legend, Our Lady appeared in San Magno in the guise of a beautiful and shapely woman, asking him to build a church on the place indicated by her, hence the name. Inside we find a polyptych by Jacopo Palma il Vecchio depicting Santa Barbara, considered one of the best works of the artist and the valuable painting by Bartolomeo Vivarini, the " Triptych of the Madonna della Misericordia".


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