San Polo

 

 

What to see…

  1. Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto, also called San Giacometto, because of its small size, it is said to be the oldest in Venice, associated with the mythical foundation of the city in 421. Have a look at the Gobbo. This sculpted hunchback dates from 1541 and supports a small flight of steps leading to a porphyry column which was used as a podium for official proclamations during the Republic.
  2. Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, one of the six Scuole Grandi has been restored not too long ago: the general sumptuousness and the arched ceiling offer an idea of the original magnificence of this place. The monumental stairway is a Renaissance masterpiece.
  3. Rialto Market, a must visit! Boats pull up to docks and burly men unload crates of blood red oranges and artichokes, locals laugh and socialize with the shop keepers, and the fish mongers scale and prepare the fresh catches of the day. Try this authentic experience with us!

 

Where to stop…

  1. Pasticceria Rizzardini, exceptional place with an incredible array of homemade cakes and pastries. Pop in for a cappuccino and watch the locals stop by for their espressos too!
  2. La Bottiglia, here you can enjoy an easy lunch and a great aperitivo! Taste the selection of fresh cheeses and local salami, the staff is young and very helpful.
  3. Trattoria Antiche Carampane, an intimate restaurant in a relaxed setting. Wonderful choice of fresh fish: the menu changes daily based on the catch of the day.