The Rial­to Market

Where Venice - - Shop­ping -

A trip to Ve­ni­ce is not com­ple­te wi­thout a vi­sit to the Rial­to Market, pos­si­bly one of the ci­ty's mo­st au­then­tic and tra­di­tio­nal ex­pe­rien­ces. This is one of Ve­ni­ce's mo­st an­cient mar­ke­ts, a one-of-a-kind pla­ce cro­w­ded wi­th Ve­ne­tians, sho­p­kee­pers and tou­rists ea­ger to shop. It is lo­ca­ted near the Rial­to Brid­ge, on the San Po­lo si­de, ex­ten­ding across the Ca­nal Gran­de, bet­ween Cam­po San Gia­co­mo and Cam­po del­la Pe­sca­ria. Cam­po San Gia­co­mo is a beau­ti­ful squa­re sur­roun­ded by a por­ti­co cal­led Sot­to­por­te­go del Ban­co­gi­ro, an an­cient bank whe­re mer­chan­ts would ga­ther to ne­go­tia­te. If you'd li­ke to try the fa­mous 'cic­chet­ti', ac­com­pa­nied by a glass of wi­ne or a spri­tz, a num­ber of 'ba­ca­ri', Ve­ni­ce's tra­di­tio­nal ‘oste­rie', can al­so be found in the area. Se­ve­ral of the­se bars fa­ce on­to the op­po­si­te si­de of the buil­ding, on a ma­gni­fi­cent pla­za cro­w­ded wi­th ta­bles, and from he­re, if you walk along the ri­ver, you'll rea­ch a lar­ge food market, and fi­nal­ly, the Pe­sca­ria, the fa­mous Fi­sh Market. From ear­ly mor­ning, on any day of the week (ex­cept Sun­day) this vi­brant pla­ce is fre­quen­ted by Ve­ne­tian lo­cals, who re­gu­lar­ly shop he­re, bro­w­sing its co­lour­ful stalls that are lo­ca­ted un­der a log­gia near the Grand Ca­nal. In­scrip­tions about fi­sh-re­la­ted re­gu­la­to­ry mea­su­res, pro­clai­med by the Re­pu­blic of Ve­ni­ce, can still be found on the walls!

>> Fi­sh Market: Open Tues-Sat 7.30am­noon. Food Market: Mon-Sat 7.30am1.30pm. San Po­lo 330-338 (Cam­po del­la Pe­sca­ria). Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1

(Rial­to Mer­ca­to) or tra­ghet­to from Cam­po San­ta So­fia (€2).

Rial­to Market

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