The Rialto area, the center for commerce in Venice, was one of the first parts of the city to be developed.
Since the 11th century it hosts the market and starting from the 16th century, after a fire which completely destroyed it, it is made by a complex of squares and porticoes dedicated to different products:
- Erberia (fruit and vegetable market),
- Naranzeria (oranges),
- Speziali (spices) and
- Pescaria (fish).
If you are in Venice do not miss the chance to visit this market, still so loved by Venetian!
Fruits and vegetable coming from the nearby island of Sant’Erasmo, but also fresh fish of the lagoon or the Adriatic sea are sold here: a good opportunity for you to stock a rented kitchen or to prepare a cheap and healthy picnic!
Rialto fish market is the biggest fish market in Venice: it is made up of many banquets placed under the porticoes of two buildings overlooking the Grand Canal. On a corner of one building you can see a statue representing St. Peter, the most famous fisherman of the history. It is easy to understand why the fish has always been so important for Venice: the city has been founded on the water and the fish was one of the most important nourishment for the population. For this reason, since 1173, the Republic of Venice has regulated the sale of the fish with a special edict that established the rules for trade. La Serenissima was very strict with those who sold the fish under the established measures and at Rialto market you can see also today a white marble table hung on a building showing the minimum length allowed for the sale of fish.
The best time to visit the market is during the morning, when Venetians buy everything they need to prepare the lunch. The fruit and vegetable market is open every day from 07:00 to 20:00 instead the fish market is open from 07:00 to 14:00 (not on Monday).
Do you want to know how to get to the Rialto market? It is easy! From St Mark Square follow the indications to Rialto. After a quick walk (around 10-15 minutes) you will reach the Rialto Bridge and the market. If you prefer not walking, take the ACTV waterbus (line 1) from San Marco-San Zaccaria to Rialto-Mercato (there is a waterbus about 10-15 minutes and the voyage takes you about 30 minutes).