Essential Eating in Venice
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Pescheria (Fish) Market, Venice

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Most tourists get to Venice's famous Rialto Bridge, but how many cross to the right bank of the Grand Canal to experience the Erberia (vegetable market) and the Pescheria (fish market)? Elbowing my way through the crowds on the Rialto was worth the effort when I found these local markets, where locals and restaurant chefs shop. My only regret was that I didn't have a refrigerator in my room, because the produce and seafood were exquisite.

Known for their delicious seafood dishes, Venetians shop for their frutti di mare on the day the plan to serve it. The Pescheria was the perfect spot to find photo opportunities of locals haggling with the fishmongers.

The markets near the Rialto Bridge are open Tuesday through Saturday. To get there, take a vaporetto on the Grand Canal to the Rialto stop. Cross over the bridge and follow the crowds to the right where you'll first see the Erberia. Farther along will be the Pescheria.

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