The Church of San Giacomo in Rialto, is reputed to be the oldest in the city, for whilst the present building dates back to the 11th Century, it supposedly rebuilt upon a 5th century predecessor. For the passing tourist this doesn’t matter. Two things get their attention;
- a stepped portico which is a popular place to sit and rest beside the nearby fountain, and
- its 15th Century clock tower.
The clock is notable for a couple of reasons. Tourists remark upon it for its single handed design which shines brightly on sunny days to graciously provide a nice backdrop for group photos in the campo. Locals look upon it with some affection and a degree of wry humour, for although it doesn’t work at all now, even in its heyday it was known for never telling the right time.
Being a twenty four hour clock, at least it’s right once a day now!