A walking tour based on the Rialto area and its fabulous historical market, from the eleventh century. During the centuries trading of all kinds took place, and this would be where Venetians and merchants could buy and sell exotic imported goods just unloaded from ships.
In the sixteenth century, after a destructive fire, a complex of squares and porticoes were constructed to the west of the Rialto Bridge, with areas dedicated to different products. These are still recorded in the names of the local lanes and squares: Erberia (fruit and vegetable market), Naranzerian (oranges), Speziali (spices) and Pescaria (fish). Fish, fruit and vegetables are still sold here, from a colourful array of stalls. You can purchase provisions or just admire the spectacle.
The fish market is housed in a covered hall, the Pescheria, with decorative fishy features.
You will “taste&feel”all the colours and sounds of the market as you discover some of the recipes, food, and traditions of the city.
In Rialto market you will find lots of the traditional Venetian “bacari”, typical Venetian bars, simply furnished with wooden tables and benches. Here you’ll taste traditional local meat or fish dishes and a glass of Venetian wine.
Your adventure awaits!
At Litera Tours we organize Venice tours merging history, literature and cuisine. Our aim is to make visitors feel an authentic ancient atmosphere (17th - 18th century) through a five-senses experience. We keep our group sizes small so we can offer a personalized experience and our visitors feel comfortable with their tour guide. Every tour can be customized choosing a particular author among: Giacomo Casanova, Marco Polo, Lord Byron, Thomas Mann, Ernst Hemingway or a theme such as The Templars in Venice. We always provide a culinary experience during our tours, with specialties of ancient Venetian cuisine and traditions!