Campo San Giacomo was the area of ​​the Rialto Market dedicated to exchange negotiations and was known to be one of the most chaotic market areas and the center of the market itself.

The first document that mentions the market is Giovanni Diacono's "Chronicle" which reports the sad suppression of the body of Doge Pietro Candiano IV at the Rialto slaughterhouse in 976.

The field has a porch along the perimeter, called the Subportego del Bancogiro, created to connect the various shops, stores and offices that stood in the area and to circulate the large amount of people who poured into the area every day. Banking activities also took place under the sub-portgo, and the transfer system was developed precisely in this place, that is, the transfer of credits from one account to another under the supervision of a banker.

On the side of the field opposite the church there is the Hunchback of Rialto, the place where the official proclamations were read. It is believed that the Hunchback of Rialto, representing a man under strain holding the ladder that allows you to climb the column to read the proclamations, was carved by Pietro da Salò in 1541. Originally the Hunchback was the arrival point of the condemned who left from San Marco and were whipped along the way, to avoid the birth of idolatries and to preserve it from the damage caused by too many kisses that the condemned handed them once they arrived, the arrival point was moved to the first pillar to the left of the Sottoportego del Bancogiro, the pillar is easily recognizable because it still has a lion and a cross.

In the calle perpendicular to the Sottoportego del Bancogiro — near the Church of San Giacomo — there is a pillar with an incision that shows the terms of competence of the weighers.

Images gallery

Field and church of San Giacomo di Rialto

Take full advantage of the content and quality of Venipedia, contribute to creating a better future thanks to Venipedia Virtuosa. You can unsubscribe whenever you want. Subscribe to the quality of Venipedia, with only € 29 per year (limited offer)

Forever yours,
the Venipedian Masters


Get the best, make the future better. Actively.
Your subscription helps us to support deserving realities and contributes to creating a better future for everyone, thanks to Venipedia Virtuosa: together with us, you contribute to the constant planting of new trees in the Amazon and to the development of new carbon removal technologies.

No constraints required, you can cancel whenever you want.
Your payment system will be charged automatically, in advance. All subscriptions renew automatically. You can cancel whenever you want before the next renewal. Renewed subscriptions are non-refundable. In case of cancellation after the renewal date, you will have access for the entire active period until the next renewal date, after which you will no longer have access and no further amount will be charged. Offers and prices are subject to change without notice.

Read also