Rialto market

A stall at the Rialto market in Venice
Fresh fruit and veggies at the Rialto Market in Venice. (Photo by Eric Baker)

The food, fish, and souvenir stands of the outdoor Rialto market of Venice

The souvenir and food market near Rialto
The souvenir and food market near Rialto (Photo by Jorge Royan)
Venice's central market has, since 1097, extended west from the foot of the Rialto Bridge into the San Polo neighborhood.

First up come the produce, flowers, and souvenir stalls flanking Ruga d. Oréfici, filling Campo San Giacomo Rialto, and (after a dogleg right then left again) Campo Bella Vienna.

If you wend your way through these stalls (and remember to dogleg right) you will eventually find the famous Pescheria, a Renaissance loggia right on the Grand Canal that for centuries has shaded the fish vendors of Venice. (Given that it is seafood, the action is at its height in the morning.)

The souvenir and food market near Rialto
The pescheria of the Rialto Market on the Grand Canal. (Photo by oddtag)
This is where Venetian chefs buy the seafood you will be eating at dinner—or, if you are impatient for it, at lunch. Vini da Pinto, at the back of the market, offers quite good, fresh-as-it-gets seafood meals at tables overlooking the bustling market.

(I know no one saw the movie, but it is over the roofs of the fish market stalls extending from the loggia that the Johnny Depp character makes his escape in The Tourist—a movie seemingly made just so Depp and Angelina Jolie could hang out in Venice for a few weeks.)

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Mercato del Rialto (Rialto Market)
Ruga d. Oréfici/Campo San Giacomo Rialto/Campo Bella Vienna/Campo della Pescheria (S. Polo).
Vaporetto: Rialto
Free
Daily (Produce: Mon–Sat 7am–8pm; Fish: Tues–Sat 7am–2pm)

Market hours
  • The Rialto Market's souvenir stands are open around 9am–8pm daily.
  • The produce section is open 7am–8pm, and closes Sudnay.
  • The core fish market is open 7am–2pm, and closes Sunday and Monday.
Tours
How long does the market take?

Planning your day: It's a market. Spend as long as you like. It woudl probably take about 15–30 minutes to stroll all the way through, pausing to take photographs and maybe haggle a bit. Venice itineraries

Time to eat!

Being a food market neighborhod, there are a number of good restaurants (I recommend Viini Da Pinto, overlooking the Pescheria) and, particualrly, cicchetti bars in this part of San Polo (the best: Cantina Do Mori).

Nearby sights, dining, hotels

Sights nearby
Rialto bridge [sight]
★★★ Grand Canal [sight]
★★ Ca' d'Oro [museum/palace]
Ca' Pesaro [museum/palace]

Where to eat nearby
Vini da Pinto [meal]
Trattoria alla Madonna [meal]
★★★ Cantina Do Mori [snack]
★★ Cantina Do Spade [snack/meal]
Rosticceria San Bartolomeo [snack]
Rosticceria Teatro Goldoni [snack]

Hotels nearby
RR Antica Locanda Sturion [moderate]
RR Pensione Guerrato [cheap]
RR Caneva [super-cheap]
RR Bernardi-Semenzato [cheap]

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Sights nearby
Rialto bridge [sight]
★★★ Grand Canal [sight]
★★ Ca' d'Oro [museum/palace]
Ca' Pesaro [museum/palace]

Where to eat nearby
Vini da Pinto [meal]
Trattoria alla Madonna [meal]
★★★ Cantina Do Mori [snack]
★★ Cantina Do Spade [snack/meal]
Rosticceria San Bartolomeo [snack]
Rosticceria Teatro Goldoni [snack]

Hotels nearby
RR Antica Locanda Sturion [moderate]
RR Pensione Guerrato [cheap]
RR Caneva [super-cheap]
RR Bernardi-Semenzato [cheap]

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