Wander around a labyrinth of narrow streets and passageways and discover off-the-beaten paths of this charming city. Learn about the history of the old Venetian Republic and be captivated by tales of powerful merchants as you walk through the Rialto, San Polo, and Castelletto areas.
Escape the crowds and make your way to Rialto, the old mercantile district of Venice. Explore the famous open-air Rialto Market—a colorful collection of fruit, vegetables, and fish. In the 14th and 15th centuries, merchants traded spices, silk, and other precious fabrics here.
Follow your guide to Castelletto, the medieval red-light district, and venture farther along the back streets to savor the quiet atmosphere of its hidden corners.
In the San Polo district, stroll across romantic bridges and through elegant palaces until you reach the Frari Church, a treasure trove with exceptional works of art, such as Titian’s “Assumption of the Virgin” and masterpieces by Bellini and Donatello.