Riva degli Schiavoni
Riva degli Schiavoni
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The area
Neighbourhood: Castello
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.

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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Riva degli Schiavoni is one of the most populous areas in Venice, and quite understandably so. From here there is a beautiful view of the Lagoon, the island of San Giorio Maggiore, Giudecca and on the other side are famous hotels and restaurants with beautiful palaces and bridges. A great idyllic place to relax in the landscape in a spritz aperol in a great cappuccino or in a good lunch. Riva degli Schiavoni is a wide promenade at the Castello sestier in Venice. It stretches along the Bacina San Marco, from the Ponte della Paglia to the Rio de la Ca 'di Dio canal. The waterfront was named after merchants from Dalmatia, Greece and the eastern Adriatic coast who were called Schiavoni (Slaves) during the Venetian Republic. They anchored there with their merchant ships, and they also had their sales stands there. The waterfront was in fact the best part of the Venetian port for trade and business, due to the proximity of St. Mark's Square, the center of Venice's political power. The street (promenade) began to form in the 9th century, it was extended in 1060 by drying up the hitherto swampy parts. Originally it was much narrower than it is today, or a little wider than the ponte della Paglia bridge. The waterfront was widened to its current size between 1780 and 1782, during the last few years of the Venetian Republic. On the waterfront, in 1172, Marco Cassolo stabbed to death the doge Vitale Michiel II, who headed along the waterfront to the church of San Zaccaria to celebrate Easter. On the waterfront from Piazza San Marco to Arsenal there are several buildings of special architectural or historical significance such as, the historic Ponte della Paglia, a bridge at the very western beginning of the promenade, with a beautiful view of the Bridge of Sighs, the Prigioni Nuove Palace connected to the Doge's Palace with the mentioned Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), Hotel Danieli Excelsior, together with the former Dandolo Palace, is the most luxurious Venetian hotel, interesting bridge over the Rio del Vin canal, Bronze monument to King Vittorio Emanuel II, beautiful work by sculptor Ettore Ferrari from 1887. Furthermore, there is the beautiful Londra Palace hotel, the bridge over the Rio dei Greci canal, Church of the Pietà - Saint Mary of the Visitation with the eponymous fraternity in which Antonio Vivaldi also worked, the Ponte del Sepolcro which bridges the Rio della Pietà, the former Gabrielli Palace now the hotel building of the same name, and the bridge which bridges the Rio de la Ca 'di Dio, which ends the Riva degli Schiavoni .
Written 30 November 2023
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Alien W
812 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I like this seaside place having a view to the churches. It is crowded though. Be careful when buying the water bus tickets, someone was selling fake ones.
Written 30 May 2023
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𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
Moscow, Russia1,36,161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Slavyanskaya embankment is called because once Dalmatian (Slavic) sailors moored ships here. that was later. And in the 9th century, Slavic slaves were brought here, who were then resold as soldiers to Saracens or eunuchs in harems. Now there are huge crowds of tourists and impeccably beautiful views.
Written 10 January 2023
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
This is the waterfront where you can see the open sea and opposite side of grand canal. It is a nice place to stroll during sunset and take nice pictures.
Written 31 December 2022
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is a very considerable stretch of shore or bank (riva translation) that is delightfully wide by Venice standards and encompasses wide water views of the south end of Venice. It extends up to the Arsenale Vaporetto stop. After that, it changes its name and character.

Along the way, cafes line the promenade, beautiful old facades show off their aging elegance and interest, and nowhere in the Venice lagoon area will one find a greater expanse of a rare commodity: walking area!

Along this stretch is located the monument to united Italy's first king: Vittorio Emanuel II. It is a beautiful sculpture with stories galore if one took the time to drink it all in.

From our perspective, this was a delightful place to sit at a cafe, enjoy an Aperol Spritz, and drink in the views across the big canal over to the church of Saint Giorgio Maggiore. There is a vaporetto stop here.
Written 13 October 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,095 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a lovely, yet over-crowded, place to take a long, slow stroll in the late afternoon, when the heat is gone and the sun is about to set.
Written 13 August 2022
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NickofSurrey
Surrey, UK987 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Second visit to Venice, and whenever the sun shines this is always a lovely spot. Quite crowded, particularly on the bridges.
Written 25 April 2022
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SmileyKay
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,416 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Long and crowded promenade, lined with ancient hotels and restaurants. If you want to peacefully enjoy its beauty make sure to get up early for a morning stroll.
Written 13 September 2020
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NickofSurrey
Surrey, UK987 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Lovely walk anytime of day. Particularly fabulous sunrise and sunset. Worth getting the vaporetto along to Sant Elena and walking back by the water , all the waycto St Marks Square
Written 25 August 2020
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Vad A.
Maryland91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
If you really want to enjoy Riva degli Schiavoni, here is my experience:
I made myself to wake up early on a summer morning and I was at the embankment before 6:00, just when the sun was rising. The colors were incredible, the gondolas were all moored, it was quiet (!), and there were almost no people outside, so I made my best photos and finally just got overwhelmed by emotions: it looked like my own Venice, which I didn't have to share with anybody. Unbelievable and unforgettable feeling! Thank you, Venice, I love you too!
Written 28 March 2020
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