And the last fish & fruit market we visited was last year in Saigon Vietnam, with the level of indifference regarding the humane approach to displaying "fresh" seafood being a World away from this little market in Venice. No live frogs hanging up, or many other creatures breathing and suffering their last and so on. So it was a relief to visit this well run market and see all the very fresh ( But Dead) seafood, not to mention the vast amounts of fruit & veg.
To get here is very simple folks, when you find the Rialto bridge coming from the St Mark's side square just cross over this iconic same bridge (Or take a vaporetto from any side of Venice where there are bus stops right here at the market place), walk through all the little shops and stalls and on your right is the market place behind some old buildings alongside the grand canal. Just follow the herds of fellow tourists and here you are, on walking around you will find just about everything that's grown in Italy including the enormous strawberries and other fruits. Just be warned though when you buy a punnett (Basket) of strawbs, it goes by the weight and not the price shown as that's just a guideline price, it's also quite strange how the stall holder always seems to pick up the heaviest one? Ah well who cares as they taste so good, and are up there with the famous Scottish strawbs from Perthshire, full of goodness and in turn grace the tables of the finest restaurants in London, Paris etc.!
As for the fish side of this market, well as I've already said there is a touch of humanity here and the only things twitching are the occasional crab and obligatory whelks. However some small kids might not enjoy this either so err on the sensible side here, as for photos well you can run riot here getting some really good fun shots. As for anyone staying self catering yes, this is where I would be shopping too for my meals trust me, as you have fruit &veg, fresh meat, and seafood galore. I might add that as this was beside the grand canal you can also get a vaporetto bus here too. I mentioned this earlier, as well as taking a Gondola ride. If that's not enough folks, then go find a little cafe nearby and watch the World go by before a spot of shopping in the many shops & stalls. I would also recommend picking up some dried tomatoes as well as the ready made up pasta herb meal kits which contain everything you need for a traditional Italian meal, just add meat and water and your back in Venice (Delicious).
Remember also to keep your wits about you here regarding pickpockets , a sure way to have your holiday ruined is to be too complacent here..Just a thought.!
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