Born and raised in Corfu Town myself, one of my favorite places is Liston. As most of Corfu Island residents, I as well have enjoyed, and still enjoying at any chance given, beautiful walks at Liston, which is point of reference for both tourists and natives. Just a few meters away from the North part of Spianda square, Liston is there waiting for us to walk by, drink a coffe, admire it’s architectural line which in a majestic way combines harmonically 3 different cultures. The Venetian, the French and the British.
Liston is a wide and straight pedestrian street, just like its name reveals, according to one of the most prevalent accepted versions of the story about how Liston was named. Nobody knows the real and precise story because it is missed through the timeline of it’s existence but I am going to mention the two that are the most prevalent today, or if you prefer, the two most prevalent in my mind and by my own criteria. Lots of people claim that the name “Liston” comes from the Venetian word “lista”, which used to mean exactly what I mentioned before, “a wide and straight pedestrian street”.
On the other hand many supporters has the theory that the name arises from the fact that before Corfu unites with Greece (which happened on 21 of May 1864) and titles of nobility were still active in Corfiot society, a List containing all the names of the families that owned them was placed at the beginning of Liston. Among the privileges for the members of the List was that they were allowed to enjoy their walk at Liston while common people, who did not belong on this list, did not even have the right to pass by Liston.
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