Campo Erberia is one of the most important places for nightlife in Venice. The name Erberia comes from the ancient function of this campo, used to host a vegetable market; this activity still continues nowadays, even though in a more restricted space.
Just after Rialto bridge, this wide campo directly faces the Canal Grande on one side, while along the other it has beautiful covered walkways. Under these walkways there are plenty of bars and restaurants, perfect either for a fast spritz or a refined dinner, next to classic benchmarks of the city’s night-life. I like to swap from one bar to another, straying between the columns and people.
Especially when the weather is good, I love coming to the rafts tied to the shores of Canal Grande, it’s a perfect spot for admiring the beauty of the Rialto Bridge and the whole canal or to sit pleasantly with a book. By night, these rafts are full of people, but it’s not difficult to find a place to sit.
Probably though the best thing about Campo Erberia is the possibility to witness the acqua alta phenomenon: when the water level rises, the campo disappears below it, creating a beautiful scenario that reminds me of a small lake surrounded by buildings. From the next campo over it’s possible to watch this without getting wet.