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Z is for Zattere

Yay! We've made it to Z, the last letter in the alphabet. This has been a fun challenge. Thanks to all the folks who have visited and left such lovely comments on my blog.

So, here is the Zattere (the word means "rafts"). If you go to Venice, you're sure to spend some time walking along the waterfront street (or quay) called the Zattere and admiring its fantastic views.

From "Venice and Its Lagoon" by Giulio Lorenzetti:

"This broad promenade was known in the old days as la Carbonaria from the coal which was unloaded here. It was paved in 1519 and is today one of the prettiest walks in the city at midday along beside the wide Giudecca Canal, looking towards the Giudecca island. The name comes from the "zattere" (rafts) of timber which were brought down the rivers and moored here."

This coming weekend is the Festa del Redentore, a celebration that began in the mid-16th century to celebrate the end of a terrible outbreak of plague in Venice. The Venetians build a temporary bridge from the Zattere across the Giudecca canal to the church of the Redentore and walk across in thanksgiving.

Here is a view of some of the buildings along the Zattere, taken from a vaporetto in the canal. The larger church is the Gesuati and the smaller one is Santa Maria della Visitazione.


Zattere is also the name of a vaporetto (water bus) stop in this part of Venice~

Another view of the Zattere stop and the church~


Walking along the Zattere, you might notice this former door that's now a window with a sculpture of a girl with her hair tied beneath her chin~


You can also find this small shrine along the Zattere~

Dorsoduro 917 A

There's a silver saint inside the shrine. It might be Padre Pio but I'm not sure.

Dorsoduro 917 A

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Comments (13)


wow, cannot get enough of venice photos. please find a way to show venice in every letter of the alphabet :)

Oh, I do wish I could visit this lovely place. terrific photos.


I have never been to Venice but would love to one day. I have spent a month from the Cinque Terre to Sicily, but not up in the north-east. Looks beautiful...

abcw team

you make me dream of Italy. beautiful photos...love the word.:p

What a great Z word and gorgeous photographs. Such a beautiful place. Carver, ABC-Wed. Team


The Gesuati looks beautiful on the water. A nice stop for the water bus.
Joy - ABC Team

As always, wonderful shots.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, what a wonderful photo collection. I really love the photo you took from the water. I also found the history very interesting. I would love to attend the Festa del Rendentore one day. The photos in the link you posted looks really cool.

A great choice for "Z". I also had so much fun. Thanks so much for introducing me to ABC Wednesday.

Have a wonderful week.

Another new word I learned today, thank you!

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

What a great choice for the letter "Z".

I am sad to see the completion of ABC Wednesday!


We are definitely great minds - what fun that we both chose Zattere! Love your photos, so gorgeous.

I'd love to participate in the Festa del Rendentore someday. Mom and I arrived in Italy just a few days too late last year. (We didn't get to Venice either, but if timing had been different, we might have!)

wonderful Z pics! :)

That does look like St. Pio. Venice is in my bucketlist for next year's visit. I'm hoping to catch the Venice Carnival and be a part of it.

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