Pescheria di Rialto
Pescheria di Rialto
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Neighbourhood: San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighbourhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
This is a really wonderful market near the Rialto Bridge. There is so much to se here with so many vendors.
Written 5 July 2019
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Artur M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
It was so nice to walk around market... with a short stop for frita mixta. Great experience to see, feel and listen all those people around discussing about food.
Written 14 April 2019
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Raffiella11
Leicestershire, UK4,772 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Once over the Rialto Bridge head for the Pescaria, the Fish section of the rialto market. Both the fish and fruit/vegetable markets are at the side of the Grande Canale, in the district of San Polo.

Locals have depended on the two Rialto markets for their daily supplies of fish, vegetables, fruit, and other foodstuffs. Unfortunately it is now in danger of being moved which is outrageous as it has been there since 1097 – notice the huge red flag with the Lion of Venice plus Italian writing.

After dodging the lines of tackie souvenir stalls, walk through the Campo Bastiti, through the vegetable market to the fish market - housed in a covered hall, it is called Pescaria – take time to outside the hall look up and you will see many decorative fish features. Great place to mingle with locals or restauranters buying fresh fish, as they have done for centuries.

It is great to stand at the side of a fish stall and try and work out what type of fish it is, or head for the area where they chop and descale the fish – fascinating – except for the dreadful smell.

The Rialto area was the first part of Venice to be developed, soon became a centre for commerce, trading of all kinds took place, Venetians and merchants could buy/sell exotic imported goods just unloaded from ships.

At the side is the Traghetto Gondola Station, where locals can cross the Grande Canale with their shopping each morning, for 2 Euro’s each way – but you have to stand.

This market is open in the mornings from Tuesday to Saturday. Arrive early if you want to see the fish market in full swing. The barges start arriving at dawn. the wholesalers and most of the retailers finish by mid-day, so go early to get the best photo opportunities before lunch!
Written 4 April 2018
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