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Thursday, 10 November 2016 09:16

What is a CAMPO?

 

Ok, let's speak about history and words today !

Discover the typical Venetian words with us. Let's begin with CAMPO. Do you have a Venice map? Well, you'll find many campi while you're looking for the best area to stay in Venice.

You know.. Venice was founded in the fifth century by people coming from the mainland. They fled the Hun invasion from the north to take refuge in the lagoon’s marshy islands.

The center of the original community, “Venetia” , moved from island to island. Anyway from the ninth century was firmly established in its present location.

Originally, each small island was semi-autonomous. Houses were built around the edge so that each house had direct access to the water for commerce and trasportation (our watery front doors!).

The open space in the center, the campo, was used for community needs such as the graveyard, for grazing cattle, for the water cistern and wells and for the public events such as markets and festivals and in some cases also as bullfight areas.

Shops and businesses opened onto the campo.  All movements from island to island were conducted by boats. Bridges linking the island communities were built centuries later. The city’s island structure created a strong sense of neighborhood identity and rivalry.

Originally, as their name implies, the campi were unpaved fields. In the eighteenth century , to protect ladies’ ankle-length gowns and elegant shoes, especially during the evening passeggiata , wide stone paths called listone were constructed across some campi. Tassini describes the passeggiata that took place on winter evenings along the paved listone on Campo Santo Stefano.

Something unique?

Today, Campo San Pietro in Castello district is the only campo that is still grass crossed with stone paths.

Nowadays in the Campo, those living in the neighborhood shop, go for coffee and newspapers, while Venetians living elsewhere pass through on their way to work. In this setting, persons encounter each other many times a day and brief conversations ensue. Here, even casual acquaintances become familiar figures. Public life is visible and audible to all. No part of the campo is fenced off or inaccessible, and of course, there are no cars to impede social interaction!

 

Interesting, right?  So.. what are you waiting for? Book your free your Free Walk in Venice and learn more with Isola Tour!

 

CAMPO SAN POLO FREE WALK IN VENICE meeting point on November and December

 

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