The Rialto Market: the quiet and the bustle of Venice

Il Mercato di Rialto, Venezia - The Rialto Market, Venice

The Rialto Market is held in one of the oldest parts of Venice, on the East bank of the Grand Canal. Locals crossed the water using a floating bridge in the 10th century, then a wooden structure, then finally the Rialto Bridge – the oldest and most famous bridge in the city on the lagoon – was built in the end of the 16th century.

The market was there all along: it started in 1097, and to this day fills up the early morning hours with the voices and bustle that build up around fish stands, inside the Neo-Gothic buildings designed by Domenico Rupolo in the early 1900s.

Then, once the fruit and vegetable bazaar shuts down for the day, everything is quiet again, and – quoting Antonia Pozzi’s “Venezia” – “the step / of a barefoot child / on the foundations / fills the channel / with echoes” (“il passo / di un bimbo scalzo / sulle fondamenta / empie d’echi / il canale”).

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October 2, 2018

The Rialto Market: the quiet and the bustle of Venice

Venice
Campo della Pescaria