In the heart of the Borgo Teresiano of Trieste, halfway between the Central Station and Piazza Unità, there is a stretch of water that bears the name of Canal Grande, also known as Canale Ponterosso.

Designed and built by the Venetian Matteo Pirona, between 1754 and 1756, the name grande was not given to praise its dimensions, which are not imposing, but to distinguish it from the Canale Piccolo which in the past allowed transport to the city ancient. It was built by digging the main collector of the salt pans, buried to allow the urban development of the city outside the walls.

In ancient times, the Grand Canal had a greater extension and went as far as the slopes of the church of Sant’Antonio Nuovo, then buried in its last stretch with materials from the demolition of Cittavecchia in the 1930s. A legend has it that a torpedo boat was incorporated into the landfill that had been lying there, in failure since the end of the war.

Warehouse-houses overlooked the canal, in whose warehouses on the ground floor goods brought by boats of various types were stored, together with the innermost warehouses, now destined for shops and garages for cars.

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