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Riva del Carbon

For a rare stroll along the Grand Canal

Along the quay from the Rialto Bridge

The Riva del Carbon (the coal docks) provides one of the rare walkways along Venice’s ‘Champs-Elysées of the Water God’ as the French like to call the Grand Canal. Once the residence of poison pen maestro Aretino, the Riva changes its name several times on its way from the Rialto vaporetto stop and bridge, passing Palazzo Farsetti, now Venice’s Municipio, or City Hall.

The next building, the Palazzo Loredan, was, as the plaque says the home of Elena Lucrezia Corner Piscopia, who in 1678 became the first woman to receive a university degree.

The Grand Canal by Maurice Prendergast

In 1898, American post-Impressionist painter Maurice Prendergast visited Venice and left a series of watercolours that are among his most delightful, including one looking down on the Riva del Carbon.

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Vaporetto Rialto

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: PD Art, Frank Kovalchek