From 7 am the square near to Rialto bridge in the San Polo area becomes a bustling market selling wonderful fresh fish and local fruit and veg.
This is where the restaurants in the area source their wonderful seafood and fresh fruit that is sold in cups around the city.
Dating back to the eleventh century this historic market has been a trading centre and home to merchants buying from the unloaded ships in the area.
The seafood is sold under a covered area where you can still see fish carved into the pillars. You will find crab, squid, octopus, clams and mussels for sale. Huge tuna and salmon steaks and whole fish.
It’s fun to stroll through the markets and watch as business unfolds. Taking in the sights and smells (some good some not so good). Bright and colourful fruits and veg makes it a great place for photography too!
The market is open until 2 pm and is closed on Mondays.
Discovering Venice – where the city is the sight to see
Venice is like no other place I have visited. From the moment I stepped out of the train station I fell in love with this beautiful place. You can wander the narrow streets, cross tiny bridges and find beauty everywhere you look.
The best way to get around Venice is to walk. It can take an hour to walk across the city and everywhere is accessible. It’s easy to get lost in the narrow streets but what a place to get lost in!
The water bus ‘Vaporetto’ is a great and cheap way to get around the main canals and to the islands. Buy a ticket at the offices or at some of the stops. A single ticket costs around 7 euros but if you are planning to take a few trips it may be worthwhile to buy a travel card. (Make sure you validate your ticket before boarding)
Water taxi’s are a much more expensive way of getting around. However it offers a way to get directly where you need to be, so are more convenient. You can pre-book or hire at a pier stand. A trip within the city can cost 40 – 70 euros and from the airport can cost around 110 euros. All licensed water taxis have a yellow stripe with the licence number so check they are official before getting in.
Gondola’s are a very expensive trip. For many it’s a must-do when visiting Venice and I agree that no romantic trip would be complete without it. Take a Gondola for the experience and not for traveling. Make sure you shop around to find the best deal, it can cost 100 euro for a 40 minute ride. To get the best deals pre-book online if you can.
Tragehtto’s are Gondola ferry crossings. They take you across the grand canal at certain points and cost a few euros. If you want to have a standing Gondola ride for two minutes then try this!