Close to the grand canal, Campo San Bartolomeo leads to the east side of the Rialto Bridge. Named after Saint Bartholomew, one of the 12 Apostles, Campo San Bartolomeo is home to a church (also named after Saint Bartholomew) and a bronze statue of the 18th century Venetian comic playwright Carlo Goldoni.The Basics
Pass through the square alongside thousands of visitors and locals on their way to other parts of the city or to one of the square's busy stores and cafes. Walking tours of Venice regularly start or pass through the area, including specialized tours that focus on ghosts, food, and Venice secrets, or that appeal to families with children.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Campo San Bartolomeo is wheelchair accessible.
- The church of San Bartolomeo on the square used to be the place of worship for German traders living in Venice.
- The square leads on to Mercerie, the main shopping district in Venice.
The Square is on the east bank of the Grand Canal, just moments away from the eastern steps of the Rialto Bridge. It’s best accessed on foot from other parts of the city, or by Vaporetto to the Rialto stop, followed by a short walk.
When to Get There
Campo San Bartolomeo is open 24 hours a day year-round. The square gets busy with tourists midday, especially in summer, so arrive early for a quieter experience.
Walk Over the Ponte dell'Accademia
At the southern end of the Grand Canal, the Ponte dell'Accademia is one of few wooden bridges in Venice, and it links the San Marco neighborhood with Dorsoduro. The original metal bridge was demolished and replaced by the current wooden structure. Cross to the middle of the bridge for great views over the Grand Canal and to see the many gondola boats and water taxis speeding along.