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Riva degli Schiavoni

The Riva degli Schiavoni is a waterfront promenade that runs along the San Marco waterfront, from just above the Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace to the bridge at Rio Ca' di Dio.  As you continue along the waterfront, the promenade's name changes to the Riva Ca' di Dio, the Riva San Biagio, the Riva dei Sette Martiri, and the Riva dei Partigiani (next to the Giardini Pubblici or Public Gardens and the Biennale art fairgrounds.)

The Riva degli Schiavoni is notable for several things:

  • Its views of St. Mark's Basin, including the island church of San Giorgio Maggiore and constant water traffic.

  • The Pietà and San Zaccaria ACTV platforms, which serve all kinds of water buses, from basic vaporetti and motoscafi to large multi-deck boats that travel to distant points in the Venetian Lagoon.

  • Classic hotels such as the Danieli, the Savoia & Jolanda, the Londra Palace, and the more affordable Wildner.

In the first satellite image below, the Riva degli Schiavoni is visible toward the right side of the view from overhead. (The Doge's Palace is on the far left, next to the Bridge of Sighs.) Use the map's "-" control (upper left) to zoom out one step for a wider view of the San Marco waterfront.

In the second image, you can see the Riva degli Schiavoni, its hotels and outdoor restaurants, and the boat piers along the water.

  • Tip: For a pleasant excursion, take one of the big ACTV boats from Pietà to Punta Sabbioni. From there, you can connect to the islands of Burano and Torcello.

    Alternatively, you can follow the itinerary in our Venice Islands Tour, which ends at the Riva degli Schiavoni. Be sure to check the ACTV's timetables at www.actv.it before you buy tickets or a money-saving Tourist Travel Card.


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