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Field of considerable size, where bull hunts once took place. Today, four wells hold up against time, one of which has a fountain.

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Large and wide field that can be reached on foot from the train station or from the bus station (Piazzale Roma) along Rio Terà - Lista di Spagna or, going down to the vaporetto stop "Guglie", it is reached by passing the bridge bearing the same name as the Guglie .

Coming from the railway, the first huge building in front of us is Palazzo Labia, the RAI Regional Headquarters whose three facades, all in white Istrian stone, face three different points of the city: one on the Grand Canal, the another on the Rio di Cannaregio and finally, the one visible to us, on the Campo San Geremia.

On the left side of the building of the historic Labia family, whose walls are almost communicating, there is the remarkable Church of San Geremia and Santa Lucia which houses the remains of the martyr of Syracuse and which welcomes many faithful every year.

Nestled between the church and the palace stands a terracotta bell tower to which typically Gothic elements have been added such as the belfry and the drum; this tower represents one of the oldest in the city and dates back to the XII-XIII century.

On the left side of the church, a tall building is visible, Palazzo Flangini built by Giuseppe Sardi, disciple of Longhena.

In the field there are four wells: the oldest, dating back to the XII-XIII centuries is the one closest to the church while the most voluminous is located on the left, is from the sixteenth century and has a bas-relief of the Prophet Jeremiah; the other two are located one in front of Palazzo Labia and the other in Lista di Spagna.

In this field, among others, given its vastness, one of the most characteristic festivals in Venice took place: the hunting of the bulls, which represented a real attraction for the major authorities of the city and which was probably introduced by the ambassador of Spain who lived in the field. It is said that, in one of these bullfights, Girolamo Savorgnan, a young, tall and muscular boy, put himself to the test like no one else did: he severed the head of two bulls with one shot and without having sawed the horns of the two fearsome animals.

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