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 »
From the local market to specialty cheese, spice, and chocolate shops, the Sestiere of San Polo behind the Ponte di Rialto is a... more » foodie's dream. Start to explore in the morning to bear witness to the locals going about their daily shopping maneuvering their grocery carts up and down the bridges.
Or, go back in the evening when this area becomes a hotspot for Venetian professionals on their way home, stopping at the local bar, the area between Campo San Polo and the Ponte di Rialto offers calle after calle of local foodie experiences.
Venice is sometimes thought of in food circles for its expensive restaurants and touristy locales. It is true that prices are expensive in Venice (after all, the food arrives by boat each day), but there are many great food options that although pricey, are delicious, fresh, and unlike anything you will ever have anywhere else. less «
Start in the morning for early morning perspective of Venetians shopping for their produce. Photographers will want to bring their... more » camera for the variety and colors of the fresh produce and seafood.
Although this itinerary is family friendly, children may find the aromas in the pescaria (fish market) very strong.
You do not see Venetians picnicking in local campi (squares) but many locals stopping in a local bar or caffe for a quick tramezzino (sandwich) on their way to wherever they are going. If you do plan to do any grocery shopping at the Erbaria (produce market) bring reusable or plastic bags as the vendors do not always have bags to give you. less «
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 in its place. A wooden bridge was then constrcucted and eventually was replaced with the 7.5-meter (24-foot) arched stone bridge designed by the architect Antonio da Ponte. The rents from the two rows of shops that lined the bridge originally helped fund the state treasury's maintenance of the bridge.
Visitors can get to the Ponte di Rialto on foot from San Marco (walking through the Mercerie, the train station or from the Dorsoduro sestiere and the Accademia Bridge) or by ACTV vaporetto (linea 1).Less
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 specialty stores in Venice with truffles, wine, sweets, and more.
Mon-Tue, Thurs-Sat:8am-1pm & 4-7.30pm
Sestiere San Polo, 381 Ruga degli Spezieri, cap 30125 Venezia
Telephone (+039)0415229762 Less
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 with restaurants and wine bars.
The Erbaria (fruit and vegetable market), specializes in local vegetables like zucchini and artichokes (grown on the island of S. Erasmo)
The Pescaria (fish market) is now housed in the neo-Gothic covered pavilion built in 1907 where you can find regional fish and seafood. Those with sensitive noses should be warned, there is quite an aroma in the Pescaria.
The best time to go to the markets is in the morning both for the quantity of what is there to see and to people watch as the locals go about their daily shopping maneuvering their grocery carts up and down the steps on the many bridges.
Erbaria (vegetable market)
(vendors start cleaning up between noon and 2pm)
(vendors start cleaning up around noon)
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.
Sestiere San Polo, 654, cap 30125 Venezia
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 any campo (square) will have a local bar/caffe where you can get a great espresso or capuccino.
Sestiere San Polo, 609, 30125 Venezia
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 chocolate being made from the traditional recipes of chocolate maker Mariangela Penzo, mixed with modern ingredients.
About 200g of chocolate for 15€
Hot Chocolate 8€
Tues-Sat 10:00 am-12:30 pm, 4:00-7:30pm
S. Polo 2898/A cap 30125 Venezia
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 spot for a light lunch or a snack.
Cost: Sandwiches and cicchetti around €3 per serving
San Polo 429, Venice
Entrances on Calle Galiazza and Calle Do Mori
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, ... Morethe Scroccaro family began the traditions that still permeate this trattoria in 1951.
Calle dei Saoneri, 2749 cap 30125 Venezia