Formerly Campo Morosini after the Doge who lived here, Campo San Stefano is one of the largest squares in the city, though it has a much more relaxed feel than its near neighbour Piazza San Marco. Apart from the church that now gives its name, there are a couple of Palazzi and lots of places to eat, so it’s a good place to unwind.
It wasn’t always the case.
This was once the site for bull fighting and bull baiting within the city, a practice that was ended early in the 19th Century, not because it was felt to be barbaric, but because a grandstand full of spectators collapsed leading to several fatalities.
More morose than Morosini.