THE MARKET OF RIALTO
The Rialto market
Rialto was the main market area and the centre of economic and financial activities in Venice. The market was divided into several parts and each part was given a specific name.
They were arranged according to a hierarchical classification that favoured merchants who dealt with the most precious products.
The zone of Rialto is one of the most ancient areas of Venice and it was the first place where people came after they moved from the mainland.
Thanks to the solid ground in Rialto, they found a place that was safe from floodings.
Every morning (except for Sunday) as early as 04:00 am, the Rialto Market opened its doors. Consisting of two parts, Erbaria and Pescheria, today it still reflects the typical Venetian traditions that have been kept alive for centuries and it is a place where Venetians do their groceries and get together.
Prices of fruit, vegetables and fish are lower at the market than at its competitors around the city.
It is also possible to taste some of the traditional Venetian dishes such as "baccalà mantecato" (salted codfish with garlic, parsley and olive oil) and "pasta e fagioli".