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Foodie Delight in Venice

Explore the Ponte di Rialto and San Polo Sestiere with sights, food, and more food.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  From the local market to specialty cheese, spice, and chocolate shops, the Sestiere of San Polo behind the Ponte di Rialto is a... more »

Tips:  Start in the morning for early morning perspective of Venetians shopping for their produce. Photographers will want to bring their... more »

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Points of Interest

The Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) is one of the four bridges that spans the Grand Canal, separating the Sestiere of San Polo from the Sestiere of San Marco.

Construction began on this bridge in 1588 as the need for crossing the canal from the Market on the other side of the canal became difficult on the pontoon boat bridge that first existed... More

2. Drogheria Mascari'

The last remaining spice shop on the Calle degli Spezieri (street of the spice merchants) where visitors can find every possible spice from A to Z.

The Drogheria was started by Luciano and his wife Sonia in 1948 and continues to be run by their two sons, Gabriele and Gino. The store now has more than just spices, serving as one of the few... More

3. The Market: Erbaria & Pescaria

A trip to Venice is not complete without visiting the local outdoor market where many Venetians still buy their daily produce and seafood.

The Pescaria, or fish market, was once located on the San Marco side of the canal and was known as Pescaria San Bartolomeo. The Campo Dell’Erbaria doubles as a nightime hot spot for artsy types and students... More

4. Aliani Casa Del Parmigiano

A cheese shop specializing in Parmigiano, but filled with more types of cheese than you can imagine (they have fabulous ricotta) as well as prosciutto, and cold cuts. Visitors can even pick up pre-made gourmet foods to picnic with later in the day.
Thu-Sat: 8am-7:30pm

Sestiere San Polo, 654, cap 30125 Venezia
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After a morning of exploring markets and food specialty stores, it might be time to stop for a delicious caffe or capuccino and croissant. This local coffee roasting company has been in operation since 1995 and now has locations in Cairo, Tokyo, and other franchised locations worldwide.

For visitors who prefer something more off the beaten path,... More

Chocolate has always been important in Venice, dating back to the days of the Silk trade. The VizioVirtu' Cioccolateria has perfected the art of chocolate offering delicious morsels and cakes. On a cold day consider stopping by the cioccolateria for a steaming cup of cioccolata calda (hot chocolate).

The laboratory allows visitors to see... More

If you are not in the mood for chocolates (stop 6) or if you would rather stay in this part of town, consider stopping at Cantina Do Mori for traditional (and delicious) a tramezzino, (white-bread sandwiches cut in triangles which come generously filled with anything and everything) or tapas like cicchetti.Do Mori has no tables and is a perfect... More

If you would rather a bit more of a meal either for pranzo (lunch) or cena (dinner) consider Trattoria Da Iganazio. Da Iganzaio is a favorite trattoria of local families celebrating special occasions or friends that are getting together for a delicious meal.

From grilled fish (branzino), frittura (fried mixed seafood) to fresh (handmade) pasta, ... More