Last updated on Saturday, 17 February 2018
"If you are not on the riva, you are no one" - you'd definitely hear that when asking locals about the beautiful promenade in front of the palace. It's a place where you see others and the others see you. You'll easily notice that when observing the "dress code of the riva".
The oldest notes of the waterfront date back to the 1st century BC. It consisted of a couple of piers, different dimensions and stone plateaus by the seashore. Afterwards, the first monumental waterfront was built under order of the emperor Diocletian. A large wall with a platform was built from Brač stone.
The first serious constructions works started by the Venetian between 1450. and 1600. Those works were the base for further stretching of the waterfront.
Its today's appearance dates from the early 19th century when the French expanded the area and built a number of town houses with characteristic features of that era.
The riva underwent a big reconstruction at the end of 2006. The project itself was accompanied by disapproval of many. Even today, you will find locals which are not satisfied.