Mercati di Rialto
Flea & Street Markets
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7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Located near the landmark and arched Rialto Bridge (which you’ll see pictured in countless photos of Venice), this busy daily market stands in the commercial center of the city alongside the city’s famed Grand Canal. Venetian locals and international tourists alike frequent this centuries-old market for fruit, fish, and vegetables.
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Neighborhood: 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 neighborhood. 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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Raffiella11
Leicestershire, UK4,700 contributions
Feb 2020
For sheer life and colour the Rialto market has it all, and no market in the world has a better setting. Here, in the shadow of the Rialto Bridge, an early morning ritual has been happening for close on a thousand years.

Dawn sees the arrival of the barges as they offloadby 6am the market is in full throttle, from no one begins hours of complete bedlam of shouting, joking and hard work preparing the fish and selling. It all looks chaotic to me but there is method in the madness . Make sure you get here early to experience it all.
If you are staying in an appartment and want to buy fish, vegetables or fruit this is the best market in the city.

You see older venetian's who seem to use market as a time to catch up with old friends from neighbouring districts, you can hear local's haggle with stall owners for the best prices.

This is the most vibrant and colourful area of the city
Written August 21, 2020
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ElTouristo61
New York City, NY2,735 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
I love to visit a good local market in every city I travel to, if only to see the mounds of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, spices and fish. Places like these are so photogenic and the location of this one near the famous Rialto bridge makes for easy access for anyone visiting Venice. It’s open 6 days a week and the freshness of the produce makes it easy to understand why the locals and restaurants shop here. Definitely worth at least an hour of your time to enjoy and understand a little of the local food scene.
Written October 4, 2022
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runhunt
Trowbridge, UK134 contributions
Feb 2020
I like a market, especially a fish market. had a nice stroll through here and looked at all the fresh produce. the fish extremely fresh with the shellfish still moving!
plenty of spices for pasta which may well have been aimed at the tourists passing through. quite smelly, but hey its a fish market predominantly!
a few fruit and veg stalls and again the produce looked really vibrant. lots of buzz here and busy comings and goings of locals and restarauteurs picking the fish for the dish of the day no doubt.
Written February 15, 2020
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Sunshine650550
155 contributions
Sep 2020
This is near the famous Rialto bridge, and is where Italians do some of their daily shopping. The fruits are fresh, sweet and flavorful beyond comparison.
The vegetables look very fresh also, although I didn't buy any.
Specialty cheese, meat, and other gourmet food shops are nearby, as well as small, but wonderful coffee shops and cafes.
Avoid it (and pretty much everywhere in Venice) on days cruise ships are in port.
Written February 11, 2021
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romanshorner
Munich, Germany1,019 contributions
Feb 2020
This is the food market of Venice. It shows, that Venice is still a living city and not a museum. You get there fish, fruits, vegetables and spices. Everything is fresh there. It is still a pure food market and almost no tourist stuff is sold there.
Written January 31, 2021
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MarchFrance
France123 contributions
There are comments here for both food markets and touristic market on the other side.
I visted the Market (vaporetto stop Rialto Mercato) at 7.15am (before breakfast) and it was an experience I'll remember. There are only the stall holders and the venetian chefs there that early. The fish is so fresh it doesn't smell fishy. The store holders are setting out their stalls and singing along with the music! If you're an early bird, this is a must. Later on there are so many people you can't see what's on the stalls.
Written February 23, 2009
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capsfan2002
Indianapolis, IN159 contributions
I was there on a Sunday in Sept., 2006 and it was packed. Be prepared for that. Great views of the Grand Canal. Lots of souvenier buying stands/shops. The actual bridge is much bigger than I expected. I bought a couple oil paintings from the local stands there for affordable prices as souveniers. I'd say more of a tourist site than a true bargain hunting market.
Written October 10, 2006
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Tacitblue
San Mateo, CA26 contributions
The Pescaria (fish market) and Erbaria (produce market), which combined make up the Rialto Market, have been located here since the 11th century. This is an exciting venue with which to mix with the local Venetians, and maybe purchase some fresh fruit to eat on a hot day. The hustle and bustle of daily Venetian life here is much more exciting to view than the hustle and bustle of the tourists crowding the nearby Rialto Bridge shopping for souvenirs. We arrived there at around 10am on a Thursday, and it was not all that crowded and we had an easy time navigating the aisles.
Written July 7, 2007
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loddington
Kent, England3,146 contributions
If you go along to the Rialto market, you will be in the real heart of Venice and see some local life too.
Firstly, the views from either side of the Rialto Bridge are some of the finest in Venice, a must for photographs. Walk across the bridge and you will find a street lined with tourist stalls, but of more interest perhaps are the famous old fruit, vegetable and fish markets which have been here for centuries and are still busy with locals buying their produce. Go in the morning when the market is at its busiest. Its possible to walk to the edge of the Grand Canal-fine views are to be had across towards the Ca D'Oro.
The small square contains one of Venice's oldest churches, San Giacomo, dating from the 11th Century, with an enormous clock.
This is also a good area to have an expresso in one of the many coffee shops, and of course to buy some fruit for a picnic meal at local prices.
Written November 16, 2008
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Pittsburgh, PA63,705 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
The Rialto market was not that impressive as markets go. Mostly fish and produce with cheap t-shirts and souvenirs. Spend your time in Venice and avoid this market.
Written November 16, 2017
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