A one and a half kilometre walk with the smell of saltpetre and a sea breeze. It's worthwhile.

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The south bank

A quiet stroll.

You have to come to the south part if you want to go for a quiet walk and breathe its air with the smell of saltpetre. However, it is better to do so calmly and with plenty of time because, despite the fact it stretches for only one and a half kilometres, you can't help but make several stops. You can start at St. Mark's Square and from there walk westwards. With the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore at the end, the walk is lined with boats on one side and various shops and terraces on the other. The route starts with the Riva degli Schiavoni, where, in the past, traders would moor their boats. Upon crossing it, nowadays, it is easy to imagine the bustle of sailors and artisans in their day. Even now they can be found, though they have changed in appearance. After leaving the Bridge of Sighs far behind and having walked, surely stopping at any of its peculiar stalls, the route joins with the Riva Ca di Dio. After a few metres, the Riva Ca di Dio is substituted for the Riva dei Sette Martiri, which gradually turns a shade of green as we approach Trento park: a perfect place to relax. The sight of the bell tower of St. Mark's in the distance will guide you on your way back. The best thing to do, if you have time, is to return here at night to walk the route again. It will seem like a different place.

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