Origin of the name Liston in Corfu
If you were asked the origin of the Liston name, the most possible would be to get as many answers as the questions for it. We have deeply searched this issue for your sake and ended up to the most possible conclusion. In the Venetian dialect “lista” means the “wide and straight road for walking” just like Liston in Venice at the Square of San Marco.
At the same time, this might mean the “wooden bar” upon which lists were inscribed and although at the construction of Liston the Serenissima Republic was left far away in the past, too many words and expressions from Venice remained at the dialect of Corfu, just like today.
So, Liston means the wide and straight road for walking and the list.
From this aspect the famous Liston Corfu owes its name to both versions as there was mounted a list containing the names of the nobles , the “libro d’ oro” who had the exclusive right to enjoy their walk at this road. This used to be a habit, which was abandoned , like many others p.ex the “libro d’ oro” as a remaining of the past, where the Ionian islands were attached to the Greek estate.