Explore Venice Rialto Markets at Dawn Private Tour

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  • 2 hr

Watch Venice come to life as you explore the fish, fruit and vegetable Rialto markets that marvel both tourists and locals with its scents, colours and fresh products on a private walking tour.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

The Rialto Markets (Mercati di Rialto) are the perfect place to discover the real heart of the city when it's just beginning to stir and to experience the true Venetian way of living. They are located in the centre of the city, by the Rialto Bridge, and they are the oldest market in Venice. On this private tour, you will:

  • Avoid the crowds by waking up at dawn to landmark squares and sights of Venice.
  • Visit the Rialto District - the trading hub, full of buzzing markets,  and the heart of Venice's life.
  • See the Rialto Bridge, one of the most popular highlights of the city and the first bridge ever built in Venezia.
  • Take a stroll down the fish market (Mercato del Pesce) and watch the fishermen at work as they cut and prepare Venetian squid.
  • Explore the fruit and vegetable markets, a true staple for locals looking for quality ingredients for amazing dishes. 
  • See some of the most famous spots in Venice before the tourists arrive.
As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm, and on this tour, you will certainly explore the hotspots before the crowds awaken. Not only will you see Venetian's famous canals, squares, and landmarks, but you will also see the millenary trade centre come alive at the stroke of sunrise where Venetians of all ages come to do their shopping.

From the Venice Rialto markets to the Cannaregio district, you will venture through the authentic Venice and get a feeling of the true Venetian lifestyle. Watch fishermen at work as they prepare and cut Venetian squid, and observe the slicing of artichoke before they are sold at food markets. Be sure to ask your private guide for a local espresso recommendation for a burst of caffeine before you commence your tour! 


Tour duration
2 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour - the cost of all public transport is not included between sights. Your guide will help you with this.

Tickets included
  • A friendly, professional tour guide for your own private group    
  • Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places.  

Other inclusions
Gratuities and food & drink are not included. 

Suitable for
Couples, Culture Vulture, Family, Looking for Local

Attractions along this route:

Rialto Bridge
Venice’s busiest and most iconic bridge, the Rialto gives visitors a wonderful view of the Grand Canal.

Venetian Lagoon
The Laguna Veneta is the heartbeat of the city and is best experienced in the early morning before tourists descend.

Cannaregio District
Explore Cannaregio, one of the six districts of Venice where you will see the true local life of Venetians and eat authentic cuisine with Travel Curious.

Rialto
Discover the heart of Venice: Rialto, its central area and financial district with the popular and beautiful Rialto Bridge.

Rialto Fish Market
This traditional fish market, located right by the Grand Canal, offers a wide variety of fresh fish that marvels both locals and tourists. You can find squid, spider crabs and even moeche, straight from the Venetian lagoon.

Rialto Vegetable & Fruit Market
Explore the colours and scents of fresh produce at the Rialto fruit and vegetable market that marvels both locals and tourists.
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