Rialto is an area of the
San Polosestiere of Venice, Italy, known for its markets and for the Rialto Bridge.
The area was settled by the
ninth century, when a small area in the middle of the Realtine Islandseither side of the Rio Businiacuswas known as the "Rivoaltus", the "high bank". Soon, the Businiacus became known as the Grand Canal, and the district became the Rialto, referring only to the area on the left bank.
The Rialto became an important district in
1097, when Venice's market moved there, and in the following century a boat bridgewas set up across the Grand Canal providing access to it. This was soon replaced by the Rialto Bridge.The market grew, both as a retailand as a wholesalemarket. Warehouses were built, including the famous Fondaco dei Tedeschion the other side of the bridge. Meanwhile, shops selling luxury goods, banks and insuranceagencies appeared and the city's taxoffices were located in the area. The city's abattoirwas also in the Rialto.
Most of the buildings in the Rialto were destroyed in a fire in
1514, the sole survivor being the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, while the rest of the area was gradually rebuilt. The Fabriche Vecchiedates from this period, while the Fabbriche Nuoveis only slightly more recent, dating from 1553. The statue Il Gobbo di Rialtowas also sculpted in the sixteenth century.
The area is still a busy
retailquarter, with the daily Erberia greengrocery market, and the fishmarket on the Campo della Pescheria.
The Rialto is also mentioned in works of literature, notably in "
The Merchant of Venice" (Act I, Scene III). Dionne Warwickperformed here her first Live TV Concert in 1983 for America.
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=venice,+italy&ll=45.438544,12.334814&spn=0.003004,0.010274&t=k&hl=en Satellite image from Google Maps] (on the left bank of the Grand Canal, adjoining the bridge)
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