Il Gobbo di Rialto
Il Gobbo di Rialto
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Neighbourhood: San Polo
The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal in San Polo, smallest of Venice's six sestieri (districts) and by far the busiest neighbourhood. Morning Venetians arrive to peruse the markets for fish, fruit and vegetables, while shops display goods from cheese to wine to desserts. San Silvestro and Rialto Market vaporetto (water taxi) stops add to the steady stream of foot traffic. San Polo is defined by churches including Basilica dei Frari, one of the most important churches sought by art lovers.

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Teela D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It Is a very functional statue. Great history, five out of five. Was disappointed we could not run the gauntlet and kiss the statue but alas, Maybe some things are left in the past.
Written 13 May 2024
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,347 contributions
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May 2023
On beautifull Campo San Giacometto is another hidden gem of Venice. Il Gobbo di Rialto. Il Gobbo di Rialto (the Hunchback of the Rialto) is a marble statue of a hunchback situated opposite the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto at the end of the Bridge Rialto in Venice. It was made in 1541 by Pietro da Salò. It is strategically placed in this important place, in the economic heart of the Republic, at that time it was visited by merchants and businessmen. From a small pedestal at the top of the column, called ‘Piera del Bando’, the messenger read aloud the documents announcing the most important decisions of the Venetian state, and from here the death sentences were publicly announced. Like the ‘Pasquino’ statue in Rome, here too soon after its erection it became a ‘talking statue’ on which were placed cards with humorous or offensive phrases against the powerful on duty. It was also used as a final point for those citizens who were sentenced for minor offenses. Sentenced to flogging, they began their torture between the Marco and Todaro columns at Piazzetta San Marco. The culprits were then stripped naked and forced to walk through a line of citizens that stretched through the narrow streets from Piazza San Marco to Rialto, saving themselves from further humiliation by kissing the statue, Gobbo di Rialto.
Written 31 May 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
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May 2019 • Couples
We came to look at Church San Giacomo, Venice's oldest church with beautiful 24 hour clock. However, my favourite thing here was the statue of Il Gobbo Di Rialto (the Hunchback). You could very easily miss him but once you’ve spotted him, you feel like you’ve discovered one of those little hidden gems that you sometimes stumble across when travelling.
He is only 3 minutes from the Rialto Bridge so very easy to get to. To find him, look across from the church for the granite sculpture of a naked man hunched over, supporting a small flight of steps and a pedestal on his back.
Unfortunately there isn’t any information or plaque to let you know the significance of poor old Il Gobbo.
However this is where the Doges’ messengers stood to read out the news of the day to the people and to make official proclamations. It's why Shylock (in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice) asks “What news on the Rialto?”
Il Gobbo was also used in the punishment of minor criminals, like thieves. As an alternative to jail, they could be stripped naked, then have to run from Piazza San Marco to the Rialto. Once then they made it to Il Gobbo, their punishment ended when they kissed the statue. Having seen those awful prison cells at the Doge’s Palace only the day before, I can’t see why you wouldn't have chosen this punishment every time over going to jail. I guess it wasn’t exactly a soft option because crowds would line the streets and jeer and throw things at you but hey, no-one was going to be able to post photos of you on social media so I still think it was the better option.
Written 4 August 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,775 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is a small statue that you could easily miss. In a small square on way to fish market. It portrays a hunchback but I fo not know the meaning of the statue.
Written 10 March 2019
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,299 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Couples
Most people will walk right by this granite statue and do not realize what it is. It is one of those off the beaten path things to look for as you walk around Venice. The statue sits opposite the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto at the end of the Rialto and was sculpted by Pietro da Salò in the 16th century. The statue takes the form of a crouching, naked hunchback supporting a small flight of steps. It was unveiled on 16 November 1541. It was also used as the finishing point for a punishment for minor misdemeanors - the guilty party would be stripped naked and made to run the gauntlet of citizens lining the streets from Piazza San Marco to the Rialto, saving them further humiliation by kissing the statue. By the 19th century, time had taken its toll on the statue and, in 1836; it was restored with funds provided by the civic authorities. The block above the hunchback's head now bears a Latin inscription with the date of the restoration.
Written 11 May 2018
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,102 contributions
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May 2017 • Couples
The Il Gobbo di Rialto is a rather diminutive piece of sculpture,almost hidden away from public view. Unless you know of it, it is quite easy to miss it. It's a 16th century statue of a hunchback which apparently was used as a step for official proclamations by city officials. It is located near the Rialto Bridge in the Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, opposite the Chiesa San Giacomo di Rialto.
Written 6 August 2017
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Scutname
Brescia, Italy41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Looking for a restaurant to end a beautiful day in Venice near the Rialto bridge, we found this restaurant. Exquisite fish dishes, (the seafood appetizer highly recommended) served in a tastefully renovated environment, suited to the location. The staff, prepared, attentive and friendly, accompanied a pleasant dinner.
The pizza taken by the children was also good.
Good value for money.
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Written 16 May 2024
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Stefo&Vivi
Rome, Italy33,358 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
...in Campo San Giacometo, the statue of the man kneeling under the weight of history, used as a ladder to climb onto the seat from which the new laws of the Serenissima were banned.
And where those condemned to flogging, having begun their torture between the columns of the two saints in Piazza San Marco, amidst crowds that raged on them, ended their punishment here in Rialto with a kiss to the statue of the Hunchback.
Well, to be honest, every corner, every square centimeter of this city exudes history.
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Written 10 February 2024
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