Slav trade (Venezia 9)

The Riva degli Schiavoni is the broad promenade that runs in front of the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square, and as a thoroughfare it is usually thronging with visitors so the camera is best pointed out to the water if you wish to minimise their impact as in the shot below taken looking towards Salute.

The place-name refers to the Slavs, probably Croatian, who played an important role in the Venetian Republic which included the Dalmatian coast in its territory.

Today the promenade is notable for the number of hotels that look out across the waters and the superyachts that berth alongside.  As you listen to the accents of the throng around you it doesn’t take long to find out who are an increasingly significant contributor to the tourist economy.  Yes there are still hordes of Americans and Brits, plenty of Asian visitors too, but the voices that weren’t heard so often in the past clearly belong to a new economic force in those hotels and statement vessels; Russians.