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“A thriving market” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rialto Market

Rialto Market
Campo de la Pescaria, 30125 Venice, Italy (San Polo)
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Ranked #41 of 345 things to do in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Shopping, Dining
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located near the landmark and arched Rialto Bridge (which you’ll see pictured in countless photos of Venice), this busy daily market stands in the commercial center of the city alongside the city’s famed Grand Canal. Venetian locals and international tourists alike frequent this centuries-old market for fruit, fish, and vegetables.
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“A thriving market”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

The market has two sections one for fish and the other for vegetables with various butcher shops in the surrounding stores. The food was so fresh and appealing, we had to stop for something to eat nearby!

Visited March 2013
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“A flavor of local atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We always try to visit a local market when we visit a city. Not only is there the opportunity to land some freshly-cooked food made with recently-caught or harvested ingredients but it is often the best way to mingle with the locals. We enjoyed browsing around the Campo di Fiore in Rome, for example, so we looked forward to checking out the Rialto Market.

The market is easy to find: coming from the San Marco side of the Rialto bridge: just keep walking straight ahead down the Ruga Orefici which becomes the Ruga Speziati. When you enter a small square with a yellow-brick building on your right featuring 2 large, arched doorways and a helpful lettering above the pointed arches - Mercato del Pesce (Fish Market) - you have arrived.

Enter the market and marvel at the freshly-caught seafood, a lot of it from the surrounding lagoon or from the nearby Adriatic Sea. The small eel were trying to escape from the mesh bags. Moeche (small, lagoon crabs) were scuttling around in their Styrofoam containers. A wide variety of seafood was on offer, including salmon, sardon (sardines), branzino (Mediterranean seabass), scampi, calamari, moscardini (baby octopus), mazzancolle (shrimp), cappelunghe (clams), rombi (turbot), seppie (cuttlefish), passarini (flounder), sogliola (sole), oratine (bream), barboni (red mullet), granchi (crab), tonno (tuna), piovra (octopus), cappesante (scallops), scombri (mackerel). This list could keep on going. The selection was truly amazing. The market was also very clean and had only the slightest hint of a fishy smell; it looked like the stall keepers regularly hosed down the floor.

There was also a vegetable and fruit market right next door. There were also several butchers in the immediate area. The fish market was the main star, though, even though we weren't shopping ourselves. There are so many things to see and do in Venice, but if you want a break from churches and palaces and piazzas definitely visit this market.

Incidentally there was a red flag with the ubiquitous gold winged lion of St. Mark hanging from the roof. Written on the bible under his paw were the words "Rialto No Se Toca" roughly translated as "Don't mess with the Rialto" This was a reference to the attempt by city officials to remove the market to the mainland - it has been at this site since 1097 - and convert the area as a disembarkation point for cruise ship passengers. Those plans have been put on hold.

Visited March 2012
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“Fantastic flavor of a region. Take your time here!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We visited the Rialto Market on 2 different occasions during a week's visit to Venice. It is remarkable. An incredible way to experience the culture of the city, with a strange hodgepodge of tourists and residents going about there daily lives. The selection of fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish is without equal. My wife and I are vegetarians, and this was an excellent place to inexpensively get the fixings for a lunch or supper, or just to get some fruit to snack on. This place is well worth hopping off of the vaporetto for.

Visited October 2012
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“Fresh products everywhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

A whole square full of fresh vegetables and fish. Full of people and colour. It's very nice to visit even in cold days because it's full. Only works in the morning time and closer to lunch hour there are some discounts on fish.
It's lovelly to shop here as opposed to shopping centers.

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“Just the place for self caterers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Ever so easy to find. One stop down from the Rialto Bridge this market is a pescatorian and vegetarian dream. The best thing to do is walk all the way round spotting all the foods you like the look of and then buy them on your return trip. Many exotic fish meals can be found (Cuttlefish eggs - an experience I would not necessarily wish on my worst enemy).You can also buy many fish found in the UK.
Get there early. The only thing to watch out for are the seagulls. I saw one fly down, pick afish up from astall and fly off only to drop i. The stall holder calmly walked over, pickred up the fish and put it back on the stall without even washing it. In other words caveat emptor!

Visited May 2012
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