My Least Favourite Part of Venice!
|Santa Sofia, Strada Nova|
That honour belongs to the route leading from the railway station to Campo Santi Apsotoli, an insufferably overcrowded tourist drag, an area to be avoided whenever possible!
The Strada Nova (the only strada in Venice) is the location of the seventeenth century church of Santa Sofia. However, I doubt if many people ever notice its existence, as the poor little church seems to have been almost swallowed up by the surrounding buildings.
Santa Sofia has, thankfully, improved since the days of Frederick Wolfe (aka Baron Corvo), a querulous eccentric and erstwhile resident of Venice, who wrote in his novel The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole:
'It's a miserable old place, though well enough formed..., but it's piteously neglected and tawdry; and being in a populous slum and overshadowed by its neighbours Santapostol and Sanfelice, no one seems to care a pajanca about it.'
Anybody know what a pajanca is?