View of St. Mark’s Basin (the lagoon) and San Giorgio Maggiore from the Riva degli Schiavoni
The crowded promenade that runs along the waterfront in Venice past the Bridge of Sighs and mere steps from St. Mark’s Square is known as the Riva degli Schiavoni. Here tourists can embark upon a gondola tour, purchase every kind of souvenir imaginable, mix and mingle with artists and craftsmen as they showcase their work, or grab a quick bite to eat. The waterfront is one of the busiest spots in Venice. Dating back to the ninth century, this bustling walkway is lined with historic buildings—many of which were once the palace homes of Venetian aristocrats, and today serve as hotels, restaurants, and shops. There is also a large bronze monument honoring Vittorio Emmanuele II, the first king of Italy. The Riva degli Schiavoni offers a fantastic view of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and its beautiful church by the same name.
I am not big on buying souvenirs, but was impressed by the artwork on display along the Riva degli Schiavoni. I purchased several beautiful oil paintings from a local Venetian artist, which I had framed and now hang on the wall just a few feet from where I sit. Each time I look at them I am transported back in time and experience once again the wonder and awe of that amazing city we call Venice…