Rialto Bridge and Food Markets

If Rialto is one of Venice’s central areas, then it goes without saying that Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) is the city’s heart! It is the most impressive of the four bridges of the Grand Canal, connects the areas of San Polo and San Marco and was completed in 1591. Antonio da Ponte, whose last name literally means “of the bridge”, was its architect and competed against great artists, such as Michelangelo and Palladio, for the contract.

Rialto also hosts two popular and crowded food markets: the daily greengrocer market called Erberia and the fish market called Pescheria. It is where you will find the locals shopping and you will also be impressed by the variety of seafood (frutti di mare) on sale.