Located in the lively Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, Campo San Barnaba is a small square named after the San Barnaba Church. This Neoclassical church was dedicated to the Apostle Saint Barnabas and dates to 1776 when it was reconstructed based on designs by Lorenzo Boschetti. It features a 11th-century campanile with a pinecone-shaped spire that is slightly detached from the main church, together with the Casin dei Nobili (Casino of the Aristocracy) that served as a lively gaming house during the 18th century. The church has been deconsecrated and now houses art exhibitions, although its facade did feature in the 1989 film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” when it was depicted as a library.
Campo San Barnaba is home to a couple of snack stalls where you can grab a bite to eat, as well as a fruit store around the corner at the Fondamenta Gheradini. Pizzerias, gelaterias and bars line the square, as does a small book shop. If you want to try on traditional Venetian masks, there is a shop just across the Ponte Barnaba that sells beautifully crafted masks. Street artists often perform in Campo San Barnaba and it has a laid-back atmosphere at the heart of what is a predominantly student district.
Campo San Barnaba is just a short stroll from the Ca' Rezzonico vaporetto stop on the Grand Canal, which is located adjacent to this famous palace museum. It’s also within easy walking distance of the Palazzo Giustinian and the University Ca’ Foscari.