Campo Santa Margherita ranks among one of the favourite recreational areas of both locals and visitors. This wide green area occupies part of the predominantly residential Venetian district Dorsoduro. Massive oaks, thick shrubs, romantic ponds and a striking variety of trees and beautiful flowers enchant visitors and make Campo Santa Margerita the perfect place for a family picnic.
The large open spaces with plenty of benches and ice-cream shops also add to the appeal of the area. One of the main attractions in the garden is the splendidly decorated fountain. Many guests are drawn by the huge traditional fruit and fish market, as well as copious restaurants offering all varieties of cuisine.
Campo Santa Margherita is one of Venice's liveliest squares popular with students from the neighbouring university buildings. It has numerous openair bars and pizzerias where you can enjoy a relaxing break. The little building isolated in the middle of the square was built in 1725 to house the Scuola dei Varoteri (tanners); it now holds council offices.
Also in the square is the Auditorio Santa Margherita, a venue for conferences, congresses and cultural events owned by the University of Venice. The main entrance involves two steps, but there is also a side entrance near Ponte di San Pantalon with a ramp.