Via Borra is undoubtedly the largest and most elegant street in the Venezia
Nuova district. A walk along this charming street will allow you to admire
beautiful historical buildings such as the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, the
Marble Column Palace and the Huigens Palace. Alongside the elegant 18th century buildings, the street is now lined with interesting shops and fine antique dealers.
Via Borra was created when, at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century, Governor Marco Alessandro del Borro decreed the demolition of a large part of the New Fortress to make way for new building
land. The resulting land was used for an urbanisation plan that led to the so-called ‘second expansion’ of Venezia Nuova.
The new expansion took the form of an island, surrounded by the old moats of the fortified city. Two main streets were planned: one running north-south, today’s Via della Madonna, and one running across the city centre itself, which took the name of Via Borra in honour and memory of Governor del Borro.