When I discovered campo san Giacomo dall’Orio I was very impressed. It was almost the end of the day when I casually arrived there, suddenly dropping into a lively and festive atmosphere with a lot of kids running and having fun while energetic music was playing nearby.
Campo san Giacomo has one of the most ancient and beautiful churches in the city, probably built in 976 AD and known to be lived and always filled with locals. I love the trees spread in the square’s space, very rare for Venice. Here there are red benches all around to relish the trees’ shade during warm days and enjoy a drink from one of the close bars.
I come here by night when I am looking to meet random people with whom to have fun, play guitar or sing and dance. This activity is in fact one of the most appreciated around here: in the middle of July there is a beautiful traditional festival that lasts 10 days called Sagra di San Giacomo. Furthermore, there are tango events every Tuesday starting at 21:00, from May 31 to October 1.
In a city that is invaded every day by thousands of tourists, it is necessary to have spaces in which to have some rest and carry on with our normal life. In campo san Giacomo I can see it and live it, it’s a way to experience one of the most real faces of Venice.