We found nothing out of the ordinary there, only a number of locals spending the mild autumn evening out like at any Italian village square. Senior citizens occupying most of the benches, youngsters chatting with friends, children playing or just running around… We checked the whole of the C-shaped square surrounding the church on three sides and finally sat at a corner bar to have an aperitif while waiting for the real action to begin.
After a while darkness started to fall and so did our disappointment. The event probably was something for the summer season only we thought. Nonetheless, we decided to dine at a restaurant on another corner of the square just in case.
When we stepped out of the restaurant we heard the tango. Inviting, passionate, Argentine tango out of loudspeakers at the far end of the square close to the bar where we had our drink two hours earlier.
We rushed closer and glued ourselves to a lamppost in the middle of the square both of us with a camera in hand.
There wasn’t any dress code but the ladies did have stilettos and the scene was simply fascinating. We could hardly take our eyes or ears away from it.
What a delightful happening, an idea anyone could adopt in his or her own neighbourhood. It would only require a few passionate people and some love for tango and others would certainly follow. Wouldn’t it be great to know how to do the tango – or at least watch those who know how to do it at the local square on a regular basis.
To complete the picture, there was a separate event taking place at the other end of the large square. On four consecutive nights, a different Venice-related movie was shown as an outdoor night show. (I never knew there were so many large squares in Venice renowned for its compact densely built area.)
When in Venice, do not miss the tango at the Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio on Tuesday night after dark. Who knows, you might even venture on the dance floor. We do love tango but only from a distance and were amateurs enough not to even think about such a bold undertaking.