Mercato di Rialto (Rialto Food Market), Venice

Mercato di Rialto (Rialto Food Market), Venice

Well, this is a place that you can not help but visit if you want to experience Venice in its entirety. Here as in mostly every other city, the market is one of the pulsating centers of the local community. The Rialto Market in particular embodies all the genuineness and joy of the Venetians and testifies to their vitality, which is especially important in a city too often mistaken for a sort of open-air theme park!

To characterize this market, one would have to start with the uniqueness of the context in which it is inserted, its many stalls giving directly out onto the Grand Canal since the early 11th century. Adding to that are the very unique descriptive signs born from the fantasy of the greengrocers; hence, as well as the origin and price, you will find yourself reading the characteristics of a product and sometimes its application tips – all written in a very colorful style.

Aside from admiring the colorful stalls and enjoying the daily life of residents, you can of course buy flowers, spices, seasonal produce, fresh meat and local seafood – which, by the way, looks quite amazing and is reasonably priced. While few common fishes like salmon are recognizable, most are an exotic sight. You'll find the cuttlefish used for the famous black ink pasta only available in Venice, and there is also a large variety of shellfish. Simply being able to see them is a feast for the eyes, and certainly gives many photo opportunities!

As a small note of tourist etiquette, however, do remember that this is a “real” market, where “real” residents come to do the “real” spending – so try to hinder their activity as little as possible. And keep in mind to ask before you touch the food!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 7:30am-1:30pm

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Sight Name: Mercato di Rialto (Rialto Food Market)
Sight Location: Venice, Italy
Sight Type: Shopping
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour   Around Rialto Bridge 1  

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City Orientation Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
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Around Rialto Bridge 1

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Travel Distance: 1.8 km

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