The cultural and commercial hub of Venice, the Rialto area, is known for its vibrant street scenery and architecture. Life in the Rialto revolves around the Grand Canal, and its centerpiece is the iconic Rialto Bridge. It makes it an essential part of any visit to Venice.
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The Rialto is the central part of Venice, in a sense, the heart of the city. Located along the Grand Canal, the Rialto is well known as a tourist destination, as well as a hub for shopping and dining.
What is Rialto Known For?
The Rialto's most famous feature is the spectacular Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal and is a fixture of many Rialto tours. The Rialto also has a reputation as the financial and commercial center of Venice and is well-known for its thriving market, which offers fresh seafood, local wines, and more. The Rialto has also been widely mentioned throughout literature, most famously in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."
Can You Tour the Rialto Market?
Yes! The Rialto Market is a focal point of many Venice food tours and offers an incredible variety of flavors and colors. The fish market is the oldest still operating in Europe. Still, you'll also find everything from fresh produce and handmade pasta to the most excellent regional wines and mouth-watering desserts and baked goods. Rialto food tours typically last three to four hours and may include stops at the market as well as other restaurants and cafes in and around Rialto.
When is the Rialto Market Opening Hour?
You can tour the Rialto Market every day except Sunday. The Rialto Market goes from 7:30 am to 12 pm Monday through Saturday, while the Pescheria (Fish Market) is open 7:30 am – 12 pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Can You Tour the Rialto Bridge?
You certainly can! There are a number of ways you can do so. You can walk across the Rialto Bridge and learn more about its history on a Rialto walking tour, or a hop-on hop-off boat tour. You can also pass beneath the bridge on a guided Grand Canal boat tour and get an up-close look at the bridge's architecture and details from below.