The Agency is pleased to present Orientaldoor small tours of Venice, through curiosity and traditions. An immediate way to get into the story that is made up of day life. So wellcome in one of the most beautiful fairy tales of the world and the first indications of how to get around the city is what need: comfortable clothing, sneakers and cap for the summer! Now enjoy your fair!
meeting point : Rialto Mercato/ last of the tour h 2
Our itinerary starts from the heart of the city and Rialto's name derives from Rivus Altus (high bank) this was the highest island of the lagoon which offered shelter from the floods but not only, being at the center of the lagoon area was also strategically sheltered from possible invasions that took place from the sea. From the XI th century Rialto became the commercial and economic center of the old Venetian Republic and later in the Middle Ages it was built the famous bridge, which remained for centuries the only connection between the two sides of the canal.
The bridge was built in the Middle Ages on boats, then in the 1200 was replaced by a wooden bridge. In 1444, after another disastrous collapse, it was rebuilt in wood, with a row of shops on either side and a movable part in the middle. All ships carrying goods from the Mediterranean and the Middle East were passing by the Grand Canal and moored where the fruit's and fish market is still present. In 1512, in response to a competition, which was also attended by Michelangelo and Andrea Palladio, the final bridge was built by Antonio Del Ponte, which you can still see today. Around Rialto, the banks on either side of the Grand Canal, took names from the unloaded goods for ex: Riva Del Vin e Riva del Carbon (bank of the wine and of the coal). On the Riva del Carbon, face the oldest buildings in the city, Ca' Loredan and Ca'Farsetti dating back to 1200. Now home to City Hall and municipal offices.
On the Riva del Vin, there was also the custom for the goods coming from the mainland, while those from the sea, were checked at the custom of the Punta della Salute .
To capture the colors and smells of the market at that time, just read the names of the streets in the area helped by a bit of imagination ... Erbaria, where they are still downloaded fruits and vegetables, Casaria (where they sold the cheese) Becarie (where they sold meat) Pescaria (where it still sells the fish), dell'Ogio (where were downloaded the oil coming from Puglia and Sicily) and Spezieri (sellers of spices), Calle dei Botteri (where manufactured barrels).
Curiosity: in the fish market you will find a plaque placed by the Serenissima, with the regulations on minimum sizes, type and prices of fishes. Other inscriptions like this one you will find them in Santa Margherita, and in Fondamenta della Tana in Castello district.
Church of San Giacomo di Rialto: according to legend, the oldest of the city dates back to the 5th sec. At the top of the church there is inscription just that recommended honesty, accuracy of the weights and fair contracts to the merchants.
In front of the fruits market, there is the ferry-gondola stop (pubblic gondola service)let's across the Grand Canal to continue our walk in the Cannaregio district. Do you remember the expression on board "Ocio ae schiena"( watch your back!) !! Ocio is a Venetian term that literally means eye, used in the dialect to express attention!
Cannaregio : now we are in Strada Nuova, take the direction towards the railwaystation.
At this point we recommend you to stop for visiting one of the most famous palace overlooking of the Grand Canal, the Ca'D'Oro (golden house). Beautiful example of Gothic style of 15th cent., so called because in the past the facade was enriched with precious gold details. In 1922 the Baron Giorgio Franchetti,( last owner) donated it to the State with all its splendid furnishings. Continuing to the Strada Nuova turn right to the Fondamenta S.Felice and walk across until you get to the end where you will see a bridge without railings, (as they were originally) and is the only example remained in the city. Turning to the right you find yourself in front of the Scuola della Misericordia, unfinished work by Sansovino and soon after we find ourselves in front of the wooden bridge that leads to the Campo dell'Abbazia. Notice the floor in a herringbone pattern, as once all Venice was paved! Enjoy the silence of these corners by the authentic taste. Straight ahead there is the last squero, with the S.Trovaso one. Passed another bridge, you'll find yourself in front to a lovely view of the north lagoon. In the fondamenta there is the Palazzo Contarini with its beautiful garden, now a religous institute run by nuns. Continuing along the ground overlooking the canal there is the Palace Mastelli or of the Camel, with a beautiful bas-relief of a camel and a man with turban.
This was the home of three merchandmen and brothers Mastelli, who came Middle East in1222 to live and work in Venice. Following you ll find yourself in front of the beautiful church of the Madonna dell'Orto, of the fifteenth century., where inside there are three large paintings by the Venetian painter Tintoretto.
Immediately after you are in the Campo dei Mori, in the wall you will notice three statues of Moors, who according to tradition, are precisely the three brothers. On the corner, you will find the house where the painter Tintoretto lived.
It 's time to take a break and acrossing the bridge you will find yoursel in the Fondamenta dei Ormesini, where you can rest in one of the small restaurats tasting a the local cuisine.
by Roberta Michieletto