The true heart of Venice, Rialto Bridge crosses the Grand Canal in the midst of Venice's shopping area and was built by Antonio da Ponte and his nephew Antonio Contino. between 1588 and 1591. This grand bridge was the only way to cross the Grand Canal on foot until the Academia Bridge was built in 1854.
The oldest of the four bridges along the Grand Canal, the bridge connects the sestieri of San Marco and San Polo. Beautiful and quintessentially Venetian, the stone arch bridge is one of Venice’s top visited attractions.
Rialto bridge has three walkways, two smaller and the main one which stretches between rows of small, boutique shops that sell jewellery, linens and expertly-crafted Murano glass. You can easily walk to the Rialto bridge by following the signs to ‘Rialto’, or you can take a water bus as the No.1 local water bus stops at Rialto along its tour on the Grand Canal.
Or why not discover fresh and locally grown produce at the Venice Rialto Market?
This picturesque market is situated at the north-west of the Rialto bridge in the district of San Polo and has taken place since 1097. Locals sell a variety of fresh, local vegetables, including baby artichokes, red chicory and white asparagus. With this seasonal produce, no day is the same, so you can always find something new and delicious each time you visit.
The Pescheria (fish market) is right next to the produce market, and fishermen sell their fresh tuna, eels, crabs and swordfish caught that day. You simply won’t find anything fresher.
The produce market runs from 7:30am to 1pm Monday-Saturday, and the fish market runs Tuesday-Saturday from 7:30am to 1pm.