Rialto market ☆☆☆

A fruit and vegetable stand in the Mercato di Rialto, Rialto market, Venice, Italy (Photo by Kate Hopkins)
A fruit and vegetable stand in the Mercato di Rialto

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

, Rialto market, Venice, Italy. (Photo by michael clarke stuff)
Souvenir stalls in the Mercato di Rialto, Rialto market, Venice, Italy. (Photo by jef thomas)

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.)

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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  • A fruit and vegetable stand in the Mercato di Rialto, Rialto market, Italy (Photo by Kate Hopkins)
  • , Rialto market, Italy (Photo by michael clarke stuff)
  • Souvenir stalls in the Mercato di Rialto, Rialto market, Italy (Photo by jef thomas)

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How long does the market take?

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.

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).