Would you like to explore the area of the old Rialto commercial area? Enjoy a stroll amongst the fish, the vegetables and fruit stalls, discovering the old edicts carved on the walls aimed at regulating the trade activities? The Rialto market is still today one of the most fascinating places in the city for its colours and the history. The centre of all the trade and financial activities of the past, a true city of the past and today the commercial heart of Venice. To enjoy it at its best, consider a visit in the morning and weekdays.
As we leave the market, we shall take you through alleyways and across bridges in the district of San Polo to reach the monumental Church of the Frari. The church was part of the most important and largest Franciscan monastery in the city and is a veritable casket of artistic treasures: Canova, Paolo Veneziano, Bartolomeo Vivarini…one cannot help feeling touched by the sweet tender beauty of the Virgin Mary painted by Giovanni Bellini in his triptych and Titian’s Assumption is undoubtedly the artist’s masterpiece, dominating the church above the main altar with its extraordinary symphony of colours. This painting, commissioned by the Franciscans, was an innovative work that consecrated Titian in the Olympus of the great masters of the Italian Renaissance!