Venice is well known for its narrow streets and its fascinating hidden corners. Little space, super-full paths. Nevertheless an exception does exist: Fondamenta delle Zattere, also simply called Zattere.
This street is very long and wide and looks at the Giudecca canal. It brushes almost the whole south side of the city. The name Zattere, ‘rafts’ in English, likely derives from the large wooden platforms that were utilized in the past to transport salt.
Walking through this way is pleasant and relaxing; in the morning the bright sunlight spreads and reflects in every direction like nowhere else in the city. In the last hours of the day, beautiful sunsets light up the horizon toward the mainland. There are bars and restaurants all way long, perfect places to have dinner or a drink after work while enjoying an amazing view.
During the day lots of people come here and sit on the ground, chatting and chillin’. It’s easy to find musicians or even painters; nearby Giudecca‘s island and the distant shapes of the city’s buildings offer inspiration for both of them.
Zattere represents Venice’s soul well: cheerful and joyful. If I want to have a good conversation with a friend while sunbathing and sipping a beer, this is the perfect spot!