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Rialto Fish Market (Mercato di Rialto)
Rialto Fish Market (Mercato di Rialto)

Rialto Fish Market (Mercato di Rialto)

Free admission
42 San Polo, Venice, Italy, 30125

The Basics

At Venice's best-known local market, stalls stand cheek by jowl hawking familiar seafood as well as local specialties from the Venetian lagoon. Browsing the selection is a great way to get an idea of what's local and fresh before you peruse restaurant menus later in the day.

Many walking tours of Venice include a stroll through the Rialto Market along with stops at Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace and a gondola ride. An excellent way to visit is as part of a food tour of the city that combines the market with tastings ofcicchetti, Venetian snacks.

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Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
$96.95 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Would definitely recommend and so worth it!
Excellent! Guide Dennis was awesome! We loved all the food and wine and the walking! Our group was so fun as well!
Praveena_N, Mar 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Most enjoyable 4 hours
Patricia_Q, Mar 2023
Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
A great walking tour of do many eating and drinking establishments with lots to eat and drink. Dennis was great. Thank you.
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10/10 recommend this tour!
Leah_F, Mar 2023
Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
Denys was an amazing guide. He was the right amount of knowledge and entertaining. We really enjoyed trying traditional Venetian food and drink. 10/10 recommend this tour!
star-5
Seppia di nero!!
Sheryn_O, Dec 2022
Rialto Market tour, Cooking Class and Wine Tasting
When else in your life would you gave the chance to wash and chop up a squid and pop its black ink sack into a pan aromatic with olive oil and garlic? Then make pasta from scratch and turn it into tortellini? With Lorenzo’s expert direction you can turn your trip to Venice into a once in a lifetime experience!
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Fun day cooking with Lorenzo!
TerriScalise_R, Nov 2022
Rialto Market tour, Cooking Class and Wine Tasting
We really enjoyed our cooking experience. Lorenzo truly made the day special! He was low-key, but very funny and hospitable! We had so much food to eat and the meal was delicious. Absolutely recommend!
star-5
Delicious Food & Wine!
Evelyn_M, Mar 2023
Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
Fantastic trip with Dennis (from Venice) who was a charming, amusing guide. As well as some delicious bites and plenty of wine, Dennis shared lots of interesting details on Venice and also advised us on places to go. There was a lot to eat from delicious scallops to cicchetti and spaghetti with cuttlefish to tiramisu. Highly recommended!
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Being introduced to food...
Maxine_H, Oct 2022
Street Food & Rialto Market Experience with a Local Expert
Being introduced to food items that I would have not tried. Learning how the Venetians spend time eating and drinking. Nice way to see more and learn about Venice.
star-5
Great way to see some back streets of Venice
Kate_Y, Mar 2023
Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
I enjoyed walking in the back streets and hearing little interesting things about the area. The food stops were all good, and I was glad to have a choice at most of them. I wasn't brave enough to try some of the odd fish items!
star-5
A great flavor of Venice!
annadk, Oct 2022
Tasty Rialto Farmers Market Food Tour in Venice with Wine Tasting & Sightseeing
Ana was a super guide, very friendly and warm, and very accommodating to what we liked or disliked to ensure there was lots to choose from. While the market itself was closed (sun/Mon) she still gave great info on what is available and how the fish is prepared, along with great insights on Venice itself. Come hungry….. we made the mistake of eating breakfast before we came, as there is a lots of food and drink on this tour which got better and better at each stop. Thanks again, really enjoyed it!
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A tour worth doing!
Robyn_M, Jan 2023
Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
We really enjoyed Denys’s tour throughout the city. Each place we visited had delicious culinary delights of either cichetti, pasta, wine, or tiramisu for our tastings. He took us on streets that were less crowded and to some sights we would have missed. Denys was very friendly and knowledgeable, he answered any questions we had, and we didn’t feel rushed. I highly recommend this tour.
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Cooking in Venice
Susan_M, Nov 2022
Rialto Market tour, Cooking Class and Wine Tasting
Lorenzo was awesome. Learned to cook pasta, tiramisu, artichokes and fish in parchment. Delish. Wine was exceptionally good. Would recommend to anyone that wants a great learning experience.
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Amazing Food Tour
Divina_T, Jul 2022
Venice Food Tour Including Rialto Market and Cicchetti
Our Tour Guide Francesca is very knowledgeable and gracious!! We truly enjoyed this tour! The foods were amazing!
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Rialto Market Food Tour with Denys
Paul_P, Dec 2022
Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
Our guide, Denys, was excellent, showing us the best off-the-beaten-path locales in Venice! Of particular amazingness was the Cantina do Mori - very small and historic place for cicchetti, and vino rosso of course, and unless you already knew about this place it is unlikely you would have found it! Denys made the tour very intimate and extremely knowledgeable on Venice history and tradition. We highly recommend!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • As with any busy outdoor market in Italy, it's a good idea to keep an eye on your valuables.

  • Be sure to bring your camera, as the stalls filled with artful displays of fresh seafood make for great photo opportunities.

  • Tours through the Rialto Market are on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.

  • The Rialto Bridge is essentially a flight of stairs going up and down, so getting to the market from across the canal may be challenging with a wheelchair or stroller. Instead, take vaporetto Line 1, which is wheelchair accessible, to Rialto Mercato.

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How to Get There

Cross the Rialto Bridge from the San Marco side of the Grand Canal to San Polo, then turn right and follow the edge of the canal to Campo della Pescaria, the open square where the Erberia (fruit and vegetable market) is located. Beyond that is the Pescheria, the covered fish market.

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When to Get There

The Rialto Market is open Tuesday through Saturday, and the stands are usually closed up by lunch. To see them at their most interesting (and to pick up anything you'd like for a picnic lunch), be there in the early morning.

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Food Markets in Italy

Before the recent rise of supermarkets, Italians shopped for their food and housewares in bustling outdoor markets for centuries. A visit to the local market is a fascinating slice of Italian life in any city or town you visit.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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