The story of the Rialto Market. The oldest market in Europe, still in the same place. Its area comprises both banks of the Grand Canal, but that’s little known today. Have a glimpse at what the Rialto Market looked like in the early morning, before its wholesale part was moved to Mestre in 1997 … Venice come alive.
It’s on this side of the Grand Canal that the spice ships were anchoring. Bringing the goods to Venice by sea on the final leg of their long voyage from the Southeast. In Alexandria, Egypt, most spices arrived via caravans from Africa and the Middle East. Other deliveries arrived via the Black Sea and the Bosporus. Venice was definitely looking east 🙂