When Shopping at Italy’s Rialto Market…

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The Rialto Market is buzzing with activity; boats pull up to docks and burly men unload crates of blood red oranges and artichokes, locals laugh and socialize with the shop keepers, and the fish mongers scale and prepare the fresh catches of the day.  This is the main market for locals on the island of Venice and it’s located beside the Rialto bridge. The surrounding area is full of great photo opportunities if you are willing to wander down some dead ends and get lost.   Be sure to come early in the morning to get the best pick of produce and fish.  Plus, if you want to see the general activity of the market then you must get up early!

I didn’t only go to take photos, I also decided to go to the market to get fresh, seasonal fruit and veggies to cook dinner at my cute little Venice apartment.  Going out to dinner in Venice can be really expensive, so having a kitchen allows you to save some money, and still have great Italian food.  Simply ask the fishmonger how to prepare a certain fish and he’ll gladly give you instructions.  By purchasing seasonal veggies and interacting with the shopkeepers, you’ve given yourself a great local experience during your time in Venice.

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Sherry Ott
Sherry Ott is a refugee from corporate IT who is now a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She’s a co-founder of Briefcasetobackpack.com, a website offering career break travel inspiration and advice.

Additionally, she runs an around the world travel blog writing about her travel and expat adventures at Ottsworld.com.com.
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