San Polo is a very lived district and full of interesting ideas. The name of the district derives from the ancient church dedicated to San Paolo Apostolo, located in the largest field in Venice after Piazza San Marco.
Located right in the heart of the city, from which its name derives, San Polo borders the sestiere of Santa Croce to the west and north-west, to the north-east and south-east with the Grand Canal, to the south with the sestiere of Dorsoduro.
Once an area of stagnant and salt ponds, San Polo is a historically important area: in these Realtine Islands in 811 the ducal seat was erected and the whole district became the beating heart of the Republic and center of commerce.
In the Rialto area, in addition to the historic fish and fruit and vegetable market, you can also find the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, which custom indicates as the oldest church in Venice.