Venice: an itinerary towards Rialto

A short Venetian itinerary

A short walk in Venice, from Piazzale Roma (arriving by bus) to the Rialto fish market. NB: the fish market is from Tuesday to Saturday in the mornings.

 Arrival in  Venice

For this itinerary we recommend arriving in Venice by bus to Piazzale Roma (or by train).
From here we take the bridge that goes towards the Papadopoli gardens, on the opposite side of the train station. Since the opening of the new bridge (ponte della Costituzione), this Fondamenta has become very quiet and you can walk without having to slalom among the people.

We reach the foot of the Ponte degli Scalzi, and turn right onto Calle Lunga. Our first destination is Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio.

Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio

From Calle Lunga follow direction Rialto, trying not to be mislead. We enter San Giacomo dell’Orio passing through Ruga Vecchia which leads us to the entrance portal of the Church.

Venezia, San Giacomo Orio, Veneto
Ruga Vecchia

Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio is one of the most lively in Venice, where the inhabitants meet and chat on the benches and outside the shops or bars.

This campo preserves, thanks to the work of some citizens, a vegetable garden, so common once in the “campi” of Venice.

Venezia, San Giacomo dell'Orio, Veneto
Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio

We get lost walking around the campo and explore some “underpasses” where there are often really lovely views.

Venezia, San Giacomo dell'Orio, Veneto

Towards Campiello degli Albrizzi

We decide to go on with our walk going towards Corte del Tintor.
Not far from here there is the Fondaco dei Turchi with the beautiful museum of Natural History, which is certainly interesting for those with children.
After the vegetable garden, take Calle Colombo on the right (immediately after the ice cream shop). At the end of the calle we turn left and then right into Calle del Tentor. Each bridge offers views of the canals of Venice that are worth pausing to watch.

Venezia, scorci, Veneto

Venezia, scorci
Campanile della Chiesa Santa Maria Mater Domini

 To get to the campiello degli Albrizzi we pass through an area whose names are rather eloquent on the type of activity that took place there: “Ponte de le Tette” and “Sottoportego de le Carampane”.
This area of Venice was at the time of the Serenissima, a district where brothels abounded and where prostitutes displayed goods at the windows (hence the name de le Tette).
And when the last descendant of the Rampani died, their properties in the area of San Cassiano, including Ca’ Rampani, passed to the Serenissima, which partly used them to turn them into brothels. From the name of the building derives the custom of referring to prostitutes as “carampane“.

Venezia, Ponte de le Tette
Ponte de le Tette
Venezia, Carampane
Appena fuori dal sottoportego de le Carampane

After passing the Sottoportego de le Carampane, turn right and then left to reach the quiet campiello degli Albrizzi where the palace Albrizzi rises, which looks externally simple. The palace is known for its large private garden joined to the palace by a bridge.

From Ponte Storto to the Venetian market in Rialto

From campiello degli Albrizzi we go back and  continue towards the Storto (crooked) Bridge. Some bridges in Venice are so named because of the shape they had or still have. In this case the name was of another bridge before the burial of a rio.

Venezia, Ponte storto

From here we head towards the Rialto (Rivo Alto) market area.
To be honest, you can easily get lost in this maze of streets, but finding your way back to Rialto is very simple, thanks to the many indications, but also thanks to the flow of people and easily seeing the Grand Canal, we know where  our destination is.

Venezia, Rialto

And this is where we arrive, right in front of Ca’ D’Oro.

Following the fondamenta you arrive at the lively covered fish market.

Venezia, rialto

Wwe choose to take the Santa Sofia gondola (2 euros for non-Venetians) to land in Campo Santa Sofia.

Venezia, gondola traghetto

From here we follow Strada Nova leading us to Piazzale Roma.

Other visit tips in Venice

On this itinerary you can add a visit to the panoramic terrace of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi
and the itinerary (to be done in reverse) from Ca’ D’Oro to the Ponte delle Guglie, passing through the Ghetto of Venice.
Thus this is a nice circular itinerary that can take up a whole day if you visit some building or museum.

The guides recommended by us, to visit Venice

To visit Venice beyond the most visited places, here are some very particular guides:

  • Corto Sconto (Hugo Pratt, Guido Fuga, Lele Vianello).
    Guide divided into seven itineraries, full of practical advice, with little visited places, short courts, legends …
    The itinerary “Porta d’Oriente” is the one to which we were inspired of.
  • The red guide of Touring Club Italiano.
    The most complete guide, proposing also many alternatives itineraries.
  • Venetian legends and ghost stories. A guide to the places of mystery in Venice. (Alberto Toso Fei).
    A very special guide, to discover the legends linked to many places in Venice.
  • Miniguide for great travelers. Walking around Venice (Maria Gianola).
    A well done guide for children.