Think soap opera. But set among crumbling brickwork and evocative frescoes: the story of the squares of Venice. And of the characters who live in them. You see, at the very heart of all that is truly Venetian is the campo - an open square, a patch of flagstones, kind of like a piazza but on a miniature scale. If you know Venice, you’ll know what I mean: the city is a maze of tiny alleyways and campi.
Every Venetian grows up and lives out his life in his campo. That’s where he plays hide and seek as a child, and dries his laundry as a grown up. Were he to move house, he might find a new campo to live in – one that’s no more than a few steps from his newfound home address. And over time, he might grow to love that campo too. But the campo where he grew up forever holds him tight – that’s where the church he married in is, where his butcher and his baker are, where his heart lies. [Continue reading...]