If your body is in need of a rest, this is the place to be: quiet terraces and few crowds will help you to unwind…

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Campo Santa María Formosa

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Come here when you want to hide away for a while. Despite being close to the heart of Venice, this plaza is one of the few sites where you won't be overwhelmed by crowds. You take a detour through here for lunch or rest on the way between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Its tranquil terraces are at your disposal where you can have something to eat or drink. Although if you prefer, it is an ideal place to get closer to the fountain and source and see the people who pass by, normally busy workers if they are Venetian or curious passers-by if they are tourists. Often you will find the atmosphere complemented by musicians or painters who come along to practise, giving the surroundings a more interesting tone. Even so, if you're restless and prefer to keep soaking in the history of the city, this is the place for you. The Church of Santa María Formosa dominates this space. It is worth going inside to see it and to listen to one of the concerts there. You will have to double back in order to appreciate from a certain distance the campanile that complements the church. From here, you can return to the original route, although if you have time it is worth strolling around a little to see the antique shops and the neighbourhood façades.

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