In a city where most traffic is over water, there are of course fewer important streets than in other large cities. The most famous streets in Venice are the promenades that run directly along the canals. The Riva degli Schiavoni and the Zattere are two of the best known ones.
Riva degli Schiavoni
The Riva degli Schiavoni (“Bank of the Slaves”) is the most famous promenade in Venice. This part of the Venetian coastline leads from the Palazzo Ducale to the Arsenal in the Castello district and passes by a large number of tourist attractions on the way.
Like everywhere else in Italy, people in Venice loves trolling around, seeing and being seen. The Zattere is one of the main promenades where this happens. It is located along the Giudecca Canal in the sestiere Dorsoduro and is characterized by beautiful views over the water and atcozy eateries. The Redentore Church across the canal adds to the atmosphere.
Shop-lined Strada Nuova is one of the few genuine streets in Venice. This 1,7 kilometer street meanders through the Cannaregio district and connects the main railway station to the Campo dei Santi Apostoli. Its first stones were laid in 1818 and in subsequent years the street was often altered and/or enlarged.