Rialto Brige Area Walking Tour, Venice

The area is first mentioned in sources dating back to the 9th century. The Rialto was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1514. The only structure left standing was the church of San Giacomo di Rialto. The Rialto continues to be a busy shopping area with a daily vegetable market, Erberia, and a fish market in the Fish Camp.
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Guide Name: Rialto Brige Area Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: naomi
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Emilio Ceccato

1) Emilio Ceccato

What to buy here: A gondolier's hat. When walking through Venice, you will consider that most of the guys driving the gondolas across the water (the so-called „gondolieri“) are wearing hats. And they're wearing a specific type of hat. These hats are made of straw, previous to air and keeping ones head cool when the temperatures go up. It's also very comfortable to wear and the broad brim protects one from the sun. A bow (mostly in black, blue or red color) adds a beautiful finish touch to these hats. Easy to maintain, one only has to protect it from too much humidity. Such a hat is one of the most popular gifts tourists buy when staying in Venice. You can buy it at nearly every street corner, but beware! Most of this hats were produced somewhere in China or Taiwan, and the quality is often poor.

As you want to be sure to buy a real venetian product, you should visit the shop of Emilio Ceccato. This shop is specialized in gondolier's outfits. It is situated very close to the Rialto Bridge (address: "Sotoportego di Rialto"). Many many venetian gondoliers shop there - not only for hats but also, for instance, for those typical sweaters with crosswise stripes. The price for such a hat is 27 EU. The shop is opened daily (except Sundays) from 9.30 up to 18.
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Rialto Food Market

2) Rialto Food Market

The Rialto Food Market displays and sells a wide variety of products. The market is divided into several specialized markets like Erberia, the fruit and vegetable market, Naranzeria, the citrus fruit market, Speziali, specialized in spices, and Pescaria, the fish market. The markets have been located alongside the Grand Canal since 1097.
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Mercatino dell'Antiquariato di Rialto

3) Mercatino dell'Antiquariato di Rialto

Mercatino dell'Antiquariato di Rialto takes place every second Monday and Sunday of the month, inside the Pescheria di Rialto - Rialto Fish Market, Venetian district of San Polo. Offering a vast range of antique and vintage merchandise, the market if full of anything from Murano glass, mirrors, furniture, and paintings, to dolls, vintage watches, prints and various memorabilia. The market features a large number of vendors with equally interesting offers.

Operation Hours: every second Sunday & Monday of the month, except August
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Chiesa San Giovanni Elemosinario

4) Chiesa San Giovanni Elemosinario

Chiesa San Giovanni Elemosinario was founded in 1071 and then rebuilt by Antonio Scarpagnino after the Rialto fire. It is the most interesting example of Gothic architecture that has remained comparatively intact in Venice. This small church has, on its high altar, a painting of the titular saint, San Giovanni, by Titian. In the left aisle there is a fragment of a bas-relief dating from the Middle Ages, representing the Night of the Birth of Christ.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bancogiro

5) Bancogiro

Bancogiro is a chance to taste real Venetian standard food in its best traditions. Yes, fish is on the menu, and some of the dishes are Venice classics. The wine list here and cheese plate are both divine. The terrace is open in warm weather so you can get a nice view upon the canal.
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Chiesa San Giacomo di Rialto

6) Chiesa San Giacomo di Rialto

San Giacomo di Rialto is a church in the sestiere of San Polo, Venice, northern Italy. The addition of Rialto to the name distinguishes this church from its namesake San Giacomo dall'Orio found in the sestiere of Santa Croce, on the same side of the Grand Canal. Chiesa San Giacomo di Rialto is thought to be the oldest church in Venice, firstly built in the 5th century at the time of the first settlement of the island. The present building was erected for the use of the merchants of the Rialto markets around the 12th century. It has a large 15th century clock above the entrance, a useful item in the Venetian business district but regarded as a standing joke for its inaccuracy. The Gothic portico is one of the few surviving examples in Venice. It has a Latin cross plan with a central dome. Inside, the Veneto-Byzantine capitals on the six columns of ancient Greek marble date from the 11th century.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palazzo dei Camerlenghi

7) Palazzo dei Camerlenghi

Palazzo dei Camerlenghi was built in the early 1500s. In the period which saw the fall of the Venetian Republic, this building housed the Court of Appeals, the Office of the State Property and the Registry. Today it contains the offices of the financial magistrates, and is the headquarters of the Regional Court of Auditors. The palace is built according to a pentagonal plan which follows the curve of the Grand Canal. It features high arched windows separated by pilasters.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ponte di Rialto

8) Ponte di Rialto (must see)

Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. It is the oldest bridge across the canal. The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicolò Barattieri. It was called the Ponte della Moneta, presumably because of the mint that stood near its eastern entrance. The present stone bridge, a single span designed by Antonio da Ponte, was finally completed in 1591. It is remarkably similar to the wooden bridge it succeeded. Two inclined ramps lead up to a central portico. On either side of the portico, the covered ramps carry rows of shops. The engineering of the bridge was considered so audacious that architect Vincenzo Scamozzi predicted future ruin. The bridge has defied its critics to become one of the architectural icons of Venice.

Why You Should Visit:
The bridge is very picturesque, but mostly a great place to view the Grand Canal and to just soak up the vibe of Venice and all its beauty.
There are, of course, shops/restaurants on and around the bridge area, but tucked in the interior so as to not ruin the exterior views.

Tip:
Evenings is by far the best time to visit – much quieter and looks stunning.
Just by the bridge are the water bus stops, to either see more sights or get back to your hotel.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fondaco dei Tedeschi

9) Fondaco dei Tedeschi (must see)

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a historic building in Venice situated on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. It was the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the city's German merchants. A broad definition was taken of the term 'German', which included what would today be regarded as separate nationalities. First constructed in 1228, the building was rebuilt between 1505 and 1508, after its destruction in a fire. The reconstruction produced a very functional 4-floor building which surrounds a grand inner courtyard. Its architecture is typical of the Cinquecento (Italian Renaissance) style, but the basic concept (and the word 'fondaco') is derived from a type of building in Arab countries. Just like the Fondaco dei Turchi, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi was a palazzo, warehouse, and restricted living quarters for its population, in this case mainly Germanic merchants from cities such as Nuremberg, Judenburg, and Augsburg.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the largest, most well-refurbished shopping centers selling high-end luxury items. Everything looks so pretty you'd prefer to leave them on the shelves.
The 4th-floor Event Pavilion is an exhibition space where you have free access to the roof terrace providing one of the best panoramas of the Grand Canal.

Tip:
You must get a timed ticket near the elevators and line up in the Events Pavilion. Go first to the top floor, pick your ticket and in the meantime you can enjoy the shopping mall (you even get a voucher for some extra discount). Alternately, go onto their website, book your time slot, then show the security guy at the entrance your booking code which you get by email when booking.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Chiesa San Bartolomeo

10) Chiesa San Bartolomeo

San Bartolomeo (Saint Bartholomew) is a church in Venice. It is near the Rialto Bridge in the sestiere, or neighborhood, of San Marco. The church was supposedly founded in 830, and was originally dedicated to Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki. It was renovated in 1170, and became the church of the German community in Venice, whose commercial headquarters were nearby at the Fondaco dei Tedeschi. The church was rebuilt again in the 18th century. The bell tower was built in 1747-1754 based on designs of Giovanni Scalfarotto. The interior has two sculptures by the venetian sculptor of German origin Enrico Merengo (Heinrich Meyring). The chancel has a high altar by Meyring with three canvases by Palma the Younger, and a fresco on the ceiling by Michelangelo Morlaiter. On the left upper nave is a Miracle of the bronze serpents, also by Palma the Younger, while the left aisle houses a St. Matthew by Leonardo Corona and a Dormition by Pietro Muttoni.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Statue of Carlo Goldoni

11) Statue of Carlo Goldoni (must see)

Carlo Goldoni was born in Venice in 1707 in the Gothic palace called Ca' Centanni. He is one of the most famous playwrights of Italy and wrote over 200 plays describing the life of the city. This statue, made by the sculptor A. Dal Zotto in 1883, is located in San Bartolomeo Square, a stone's throw from the Rialto Bridge.
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Giacomo Rizzo

12) Giacomo Rizzo

What to buy here: Pasta.

Pasta is (who does not know) the most popular food in Italy. There are dozens of shapes and sizes of it: Lasagna, Penne, Spaghetti, Tortellini and, and and... Pasta is so famous and popular in Italy that, by the way, in Rome you can visit a pasta-museum. In Venice, there is a shop who's owner and his family have been in the pasta business, producing pasta by hand for over one hundred years. There you can even buy colored pasta. Green or red because the dough is mixed with spinach or tomatoes. But the highlight in this shop is pasta shaped into the form of a gondola. A venetian masterpiece. The shop's name is: "Giacomo Rizzo", and the address is Salizzada di San Giovanni Crisostomo, Cannaregio 5778. It is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Venice – where you have the opportunity to do some very nice shopping. The pasta shop "Giacomo Rizo" is opened daily from 10 up to 18.30 (except Sundays). The price range is from about 2 EU up to 8 EU, depending on what kind of pasta you like.
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Giovanna Zanella

13) Giovanna Zanella

What to buy here: Handmade designer shoes. Shoes made in Italy mean elegance, fine leather and a perfect manufacturing. Could something be better than this? The answer is: yes – handmade Italian shoes. It really is a wonderful feeling wearing shoes that were handmade just for you. But it is not only the feeling – handmade Italian shoes are something really noble and worth the money. The 'lifetime' of such handmade shoes is also much longer than of the mass produced ones, you can wear such shoes for years and years. Of course, such shoes need good care – that's to say the right polish, oil and so on. Handmade Italian shoes are really an expression of the owner's personality – and one will never see someone wearing the same shoes because they are absolutely unique. Of course, they are not cheap, but all in all, they are usually absolutely worth the money.

If however you want something even more special, if you want your shoes to be a kind of art work, then you should visit Giovanna Zanella's shop. She is the most famous shoe-designer in Venice. Her shop is situated just about 200 meters away from the Rialto Bridge (address: Calle Carminati, San Lio 5641; open 9.30 am–1 pm and 3 pm–7 pm, closed on Sundays). Giovanna Zanella designs footwear for both men and women, and not only classical designs, she also mixes tradition and modernism to create truly unique footwear. She also uses and combines various materials like fabrics, leather and plastics. It's no wonder, that many so called VIP's (not only from Venice) frequent this store. The price range is from 500 EU and up to 1500 EU- depending on the special wishes of the customer.

Walking Tours in Venice, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Creating your own self-guided walk in Venice is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ghetto Tour

Ghetto Tour

The term "ghetto" is derived from a local Venetian dialect and relates to foundries and the metal casting industry. The Ghetto of Venice was indeed built around a smelter. Here, in 1516, at the behest of the Republic of Venice, Jews were literally locked inside the gates in the evening. Nowadays this is a center of Jewish life in Venice. The area comprises several synagogues, divided by ethnicity, a museum, a kosher restaurant and homes for about one thousand Jews.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Museums & Galleries Tour

Museums & Galleries Tour

The whole of Venice is a museum of art, of beauty, of architecture, of great food and laces, of life and history. Such a wonderful, extraordinary and unique city deserves a deeper breathing of its air. We offer you a little tour to explore by foot the beauty called Venice - the city of the arts and love.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
San Polo Walking Tour

San Polo Walking Tour

San Polo is the smallest and one of the oldest districts in Venice, established circa 9th century AD. It has hosted the city's main market since 1097, and been linked to the eastern bank of the Grande Canal, via the Rialto Bridge, since the 13th century. Apart from the bridge, other attractions in the area include the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, the Campo San Polo, the House of Goldoni, the Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the Church of San Rocco and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. If you're in love with Venice, you'll find plenty to see in this part of the city!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Casanova's Tour

Casanova's Tour

Giacomo Casanova is one of the most famous personalities of Venice. He was a man of great culture. His interests ranged from love affairs and gambling to writing and alchemy. Born in a family of theater actors in 1725, he grew up surrounded by high society. He became an important personality in his own right, starting with his adolescence. This tour will show you places of great significance in the life of Casanova.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Romantic Walking Tour

Romantic Walking Tour

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is the perfect destination for honeymoons, proposals and romantic trips. It is impossible to name the most romantic places in Venice because all the streets, canals and corners of this city are filled with romance, passion and love. This tour will guide you through the places where you can enjoy the perfect moment with your beloved.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro is one of the six districts of Venice, whose name translates as “hard bridge” from Italian, due to the area's relatively high terrain. The city's highest spots, along with Giudecca Island and Isola Sacca Fisola, are found here. Dorsoduro is home to some of Venice's most picturesque canals, historic locations and cultural venues, including Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Campo San Barnaba and Campo Santa Margherita. If modern art and historic architecture combined sounds like your kind of fun, Dorsoduro is the right place to go.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Venice for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Venice has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Venice's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Official All Venice City Pass, Venezia Unica Tourist City Pass, 72-Hour Venice Transportation Pass, or Venice Museum Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Venice's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Venice hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Hotel Concordia, Hotel Al Ponte Dei Sospiri, Baglioni Hotel Luna.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Venice, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Venice typically costs from around US$20 up to more than US$200 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat to view all of Venice's top attractions while listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like.

- Experience Venice from dry land and water on the combo of 2-hour walk and half-hour gondola ride around the historic center, marveling at the Byzantine monuments and gliding down the canals of this marvelous city.

- Have a double pleasure for your eyes and ears combining a 30-minute gondola ride with a serenade, wafting by the fascinating sights of Venice in the company of a traditionally-dressed gondolier and a singer aboard.

- Having quenched your appetite for sightseeing, don't forget to treat yourself to some delicious specialties of Venice as well. Take a 2.5-hour tour led by a local guide to see the city's highlights on waters, plus check out several notable eateries to savor authentic Venetian delights.

- Discover the Jewish side of Venice from a culinary standpoint on a food tour of the historic Jewish ghetto. Guided by a food-connoisseur, you will visit a number of joints offering authentic local dishes thus acquainting yourself with the rich culture and food traditions of the Venetian Jews.

- Architecture-wise there's so much more to Venice than just St. Mark's Square. Be welcome to prove it to yourself on the guided walk exploring the artistic richness of Venice away from the trodden tourist paths.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Venice, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Verona, Valpolicella, Florence, or the Dolomite Mountains. For as little as US$140+ to US$180+ per person you will get a chance to visit one of the most romantic cities in Italy (hometown of Romeo and Juliet), learn about Veneto’s winemaking heritage and sample the local wines, visit the Tuscan capital of Florence, soak up the bracing mountain scenery, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Venice, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minibus or train to the destination of your choice and back again.