Riva degli Schiavoni Venice

Riva degli Schiavoni Venice

The Riva degli Schiavoni is Venice‘s most famous promenade. This part of the Venetian coastline leads from the Palazzo Ducale to the Arsenal in the Castello district, passing a large number of tourist attractions along the way.

Riva degli Schiavoni Venice

Riva degli Schiavoni Venice
Riva degli Schiavone (late 19th century)

Schiavoni is the Italian word for slaves, but in the case of the Riva degli Schiavoni, it refers to the population across the Adriatic Sea. It was they who brought freight from what at the time was called Slavonia to the port of Venice.

The Riva was constructed in the 9th century, The material used was dredged silt. From the 15th century, when the Greeks and Slavs came to live in the district and sell meat and dried fish, there have been market stalls.

Towards the end of the 18th century, the Riva was considerably widened.

Nowadays, it most shops along the Riva sells snacks and souvenirs.

Between the hotels and restaurants that have pretty much taken over the Riva degli Schiavoni there are still some important historical buildings.

What to see

  • Palazzo Ducale: The most important building of the Venetian State, and packed with art treasures. The Palazzo delle Prigioni Nuove is connected to this building through the Ponte dei Sospiri.
  • The Ponte della Paglia represents the beginning of the Riva.
  • The Palazzo Dandolo is named after the family that used to own it. It was built in Byzantine style, but does have an extension that was constructed in the 1950s, when it was converted into the Hotel Danieli.
  • The monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, a large bronze sculpture of this first king of Italy on a horse, was made by Ettore Ferrari in 1887.
  • The Santa Maria della Visitazione church is called La Pietà by the Venetians themselves.
  • The San Giorgio Maggiore island lies across the water and it is from the Riva degli Schavoni that one has the best view of this picturesque spot.
  • The Palazzo Gabrielli, today the Hotel Gabrielli.
  • The Ponte della Ca’ di Dio represents the end of the Riva.

Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice

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