Rialto Market, typical taverns and small churches where merchants use to pray for good business
A stroll through the colorful scene of the Rialto Market, where the stalls record the procession of the seasons, walking through greengrocers, vendors of cheese, freshly made pasta shops, florists, and the fish market stalls. Rialto market - once the center of commercial and financial activity - is still a fascinating place of history, where you find many testimonies of the ancient activities.
The small church of San Giacomo, with its huge clock-face on its façade, was the place of worship for merchants who would pray for honest but profitable business.
In the church of St John the Almsgiver, where an outstandingly fine work of art by Titian is preserved and where, on the altar of the ancient Guild of the Poulterers, a painting shows them together with their chickens worshiping the Virgin Mary.
We will stop by one of the typical wine bars for a taste of some delicious Cicchetti (tapas) with a glass of local wine. We'll cross then the Grand Canal on a gondola-ferry and return towards the Square of St Mark.
We will start the tour either from your hotel if it is located in the city center) or from a meeting point that we can arrange specifically for you.
We'll walk around the Rialto Market, where well' see the different fruit, vegetable and fish stalls, and we'll see a couple of famous churches related to the commercial activities there were in Rialto in the past.
The tour is also including some wine and food tasting of the typical Venetian cuisine. After a short gondola experience and a walk through the backstreets of the city, we'll be in St Mark's Square to end the tour.
** The tour is available Tuesdays through Saturdays, as the fish market is closed on Sunday and Monday. The fruit and vegetable market is closed on Sunday.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can meet the guests by their hotel or apartment in Venice centre. Please contact me if you are not staying in Venice to arrange the best meeting point.
End location: The tour normally end by St Mark's Square.
Duration: 2 hours
Walking tour - gondola to cross the Grand Canal.
- Guide service for 2 hours
- 2 cicchetti and a glass of wine (or other kind of drink) per person
- gondola ferry fee.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 Euros - Refreshments - personal expenses