Talk:Corfu (city)

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History[edit]

Could someone with a good knowledge of the town's history expand the entry here? Zisimos 02:54, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

History of the town is inseparable from that of the island; see our article about Corfu for details. I removed empty sections, as these are most annoying and do not conform to WP:MOS. --Ghirla-трёп- 10:37, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Old Town of Corfu
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv
Reference 978
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2007 (31th Session)

Cricket?[edit]

I seem to recall that cricket was played in Corfu. It sounds strange, but I think it is/was a leftover of the British occupation. One story was that local teams took great pleasure in beating inexperienced scratch teams from visiting British warships. Any substance to this? It would be an interesting inclusion. Folks at 137 (talk) 13:54, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Origins of the word Liston[edit]

Γεια σας! From all the time I know Kerkyra the origin of the word Liston has always been a subject of debate, and various colourful interpretations coexist. I think the most frequent ones are:

  1. It is the common informal name for all similar-looking places and squares in former Venetian cities, as largely explained in the italian article (translation) and also found here or here or here or here or here or here or here
    => I must say that I discovered this explanation only recently, but the fact that there exist Listoni in Padova, Verona, Venezia, and many other cities makes it very plausible to me
  2. It refers to the Venetian practice of having a list of noble families in the Libro d'Oro, only those on this list being allowed to promenade there. Found for instance here or here or here
    => Clearly this is the most frequent explanation I have heard in Kerkyra by far. However how does it fit with the Italian Listoni?
  3. The name Liston came from the American "List on" meaning the list of the vendors' fare, in other words the menu.
    => This sounds very suspicious to me, and this exact same sentence was found on the website of one of the Liston cafés, which seems to be the only source for such a bizarre explanation


I found the most comprehensive explanation here:

This is only the result of a quick G00gle search, no profound book research or anything like that, so please excuse the poorness of the sources. However a mixture of the first 2 explanations would seem very satisfying! What do you think? Place Clichy (talk) 16:41, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

Great work. Sounds like a very plausible explanation. I agree and thanks for taking the time. Take care. Dr.K. λogosπraxis 17:03, 5 August 2010 (UTC)
OK, I updated the page with a new wording. (and added a few links up there) Place Clichy (talk) 17:36, 5 August 2010 (UTC)