Campo Santa Margherita is a large public space in Dorsoduro. It hosts fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, and flower and fresh fish vendors several days a week.
It is a hub of social activity throughout the day, for catching-up chats over coffee or a spritz, while the children play with their scooters, coloured chalk or soccer balls.
In the evenings it is crowded with University students who spill out of the small bars with their drinks, as they discuss the latest news of interest and importance to them.
Often overlooked, in the corner of the campo near to the Carmini Church is an elegant memorial. I wonder what symbolism lies behind the four beautiful figures on the base of the flagpole?
25 April marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Italy. There will certainly be a ceremony at this, and other, memorials in Venice and throughout Italy.
PS I have a calendar which was on offer by Il Gazzetino, one of the daily newspapers available in Venice. It tells me that today is the name day of Saints Teodoro and Pausilipo, and also of Father Damien de Veuster, a Belgian who devoted his life to fighting discrimination against leprosy patients. He was canonised in 2009. (Go Belgium, go Father Damien.)