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A historic market district of Venice, Italy, located close to the Grand Canal and to the 16th-century Rialto Bridge.


 (rē-ăl′tō, rā-äl′-)
n. pl. ri·al·tos
1. A theatrical district.
2. A marketplace.

[After Rialto, an island of Venice where a market was situated.]


(Placename) an island in Venice, Italy, linked with San Marco Island by the Rialto Bridge (1590) over the Grand Canal: the business centre of medieval and renaissance Venice


n, pl -tos
(Commerce) a market or exchange
[C19: after the Rialto]


(riˈæl toʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
an exchange or mart.
[1590–1660; after the Rialto in Venice]


(riˈæl toʊ)

1. a commercial center in Venice, Italy.
2. a city in SW California, near Los Angeles. 62,750.
3. a theater district, as the Broadway area in New York City.
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By this time the 3126 electric lights on the Rialto were alight.
see him come sneaking around the corner again, directly, with a crack of the curtain open toward the old gentleman's disappearing gondola, and out scampers his Susan with a flock of little Italian endearments fluttering from her lips, and goes to drive with him in the watery avenues down toward the Rialto.
I walked to and fro in that city, so beloved of her citizens; I went from the Rialto Bridge, along the Grand Canal, and from the Riva degli Schiavoni to the Lido, returning to St.