Charm­ing Am­ble


LUXE City Guides - Venice - - Rialto / San Polo -

Be­gin at the bot­tom of Ponte dell’ac­cademia, Dor­so­duro side, fac­ing the Gal­lerie dell’ac­cademia (see Ac­tiv­i­ties) and bear left to go down Rio Terà An­to­nio Foscarini. Take the se­cond left into Calle Nuova S. Ag­nese to find An­tiquus at #873/a / 041 2413725 / on the left, with an­tique (duh) furny and sil­ver, next is Gianni Dit­tura at #871-2 / 041 5231163, one of the few re­main­ing mak­ers of trad furlane (gon­do­lier’s slip­pers), as well as some rather ugly footwear. Kicks in hand, exit left to con­tinue. Just af­ter the bridge turn right along the canal for Cor­nici Tre­visanello at #662 / 041 5207779 / with clas­sic wooden and coloured glass pic­ture frames, as well as funky chunky mir­rors. Exit right and turn right to con­tinue straight through Campo S. Vio into Calle della Chiesa. Shoot on a cou­ple of min­utes and soon on the left is the Peggy Guggenheim Col­lec­tion’s shop (see Ac­tiv­i­ties), next door to the mu­seum, com­plete with lovely café. Carry on round the cor­ner (or exit the mu­seum through the gate on your left), head straight, cross the bridge into the lit­tle square, pivot left and fol­low the street. Turn right with­out cross­ing the next bridge onto F.ta So­ranzo delle For­nace for Le Fòr­cole at #341 / 041 5225699 / mae­stro Save­rio Pas­tor per­fects his wooden gon­dola rowlocks-turned-sculp­tures. If not, cross the next bridge and forge on to the end for Punta Della Do­gana (see Ac­tiv­i­ties) and fol­low the wa­ter around the tip to reach the Zat­tere board­walk, pass­ing Linead­om­bra (see Rest./re­laxed) and cross­ing two bridges till you reach the Zat­tere va­poretto stop, then turn right be­fore the next bridge onto F.ta Nani. / cont’d

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