San Polo, the smallest district inVenice, has the charm of being one of the oldest parts of the island and where they erected the first markets, which continue to fill it with life and ceaseless activity. You can find numerous attractions here, starting with theRialtoBridge, continuing with its churches and palaces and then ending in the markets.
TheRialtoBridgewas one of the first bridges inVenicethat was built with stone and it was the only route to cross the canal for a long time. It took some 40 years to build and was finished in 1591. Until that point in time all of the bridges of the island were made of wood. Take a break there to admire the unforgettable views of theGrand Canal. When you cross the bridge, you will arrive in San Polo.
Just a few steps away from the bridge you will find thechurchofSan GiacomodiRialto. Although there are many churches in the neighborhood, this one has the distinction of being the first church inVenice. It is believed to be from the year 421 B.C. and, curiously, the face of its clock shows 24 hours instead of the usual 12. Nearby is the Rialto Market, the principal market ofVenicesince 1097. The market, which takes place every morning except Sunday, sells fresh goods. It offers an excellent opportunity to get a glimpse of the daily life of Venetians and to try the delicious local products such as cheese, seafood, fresh pasta or typical sweets. Don’t miss the chance to try the purple artichokes from Sant’Erasmo, the radicchio fromTrevisoor the asparagus from Vignoles, which are all authentic delicacies to tempt the palate.
Another major attraction in San Polo is the Basilica deSanta MariaGloriosa dei Frari (St. Mary of the Friars Basilica). It is located in the southern part of the neighborhood and boasts an impressive Gothic façade. At over 80 meters, its bell tower is the second largest inVeniceafter the Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark’s Basilica). Inside, one can see magnificent panels by Titian and Bellini’s “Madonna and Child with Saints”. Nearby, in the Piazza San Rocco, you can make a stop at theChurchofSan Roccoand the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, which have numerous works by Tintoretto.
In the northern part of the neighborhood, you will find the Ca’Persaro modern art museum, which is located in the imposing palace of the familyPesaro, about which you can also read on our blog. Close by and no less impressive is the Palazzo Mocenigo, the luxurious residence of the family that shares its name. Today, it houses the city’sCostumeMuseumand holds a valuable library with more than 5,000 books, which is open to the public. And finally, there’s also theMuseumofNatural Historynearby.
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