At the edge of Campo Santo Stefano, one of the most cosy squares in Venice, we find the church by the same name. Art by famous Venetian artists decorate the church that had to be consecrated anew six times, as it was desecrated by murder and manslaughter. The church is devoted St. Stefano who was stoned.
The martyrdom of Saint Stephen was depicted in the 17th century by Sante Peranda, but the painting was never completed. If you enter you have to look up, the ceiling is quite remarkable, at least for people of the terra firma. It’s based on the keel of a ship, something you see more often in this city that flourished on sea trade.
The most important artworks are found in the sacristy (to the east of the nave. It shows two late artworks by Tintoretto from circa 1580, a Christ in the garden of Gethsemane and The Last Supper. Unfortunately, these paintings are rather dark, but using some coins we can switch on the lights to see it better. At the other side of the church, in the baptistery, Antonio Canova made a Greek pillar for his mecenas Giovanni Falier. Canova was an 18th/19th century sculptor who was very perfectionistic and sculpted in a traditional manner.
We continue our way and walk along a calle that ends at the Campo Manin. At the end of this calle we find ourselves in front of a remarkable staircase known as the Bovolo or the snail steps.
“The Scala Contarini del Bovolo (literally, “of the snail”). The palazzo is located in a small, less-travelled calle (street) near Campo Manin, about half-way between Campo San Bartolo, at the foot of the Rialto, and Campo Santo Stefano. The staircase leads to an arcade, providing an impressive view of the city roof-tops. This palazzo has been visitable since February 2016.” Cited from Wikipedia