A Visit to the Rialto Market in Venice, Italy

updated May 24, 2019
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A week ago I was in Venice, Italy, for a short trip, and of course I had to check out the market while I was there! (I already showed you these

artichoke bottoms, which were everywhere there

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The Rialto market in Venice, Italy. (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

The market, as befits Venice’s ocean perch, is rich with seafood, as well as produce. Like many other tourist-driven markets, it was hard to determine what was local and what was flown in from far away for color and variety. But the stalls were laid out on the canal in cheery striped rows, and it was a pleasant way to spend a morning — browsing dates, oranges, plums, figs, and fennel, and watching the fishmongers expertly slit open big fish and serve them up to customers.

Have you ever been to Venice and the Rialto market? What did you buy there? We picked up some swordfish and the makings of a big salad, as well as some porcini (which were sadly well past their prime — I should have insisted that the stall owner let me pick them out myself).

And you really can’t beat the trip down the canal to the market — have you ever ridden on a water bus? The vaporettos are one of the most fun and memorable parts of Venice, in my opinion!

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