The Rialto market in Venice.. a must-see if you love food

If you visit Venice and you love food then you must pay a visit to the Rialto market.

As you walk from the station towards St. Marks square, where most tourists head to, I would recommend a visit to this extensive and vibrant food market.

Recently I was in Venice with my family and when we arrived there our first stop was in fact the Rialto market. I really wanted to visit the fish market and get some lovely fresh fish to cook for dinner.

The Venice Rialto fish and vegetable market

And indeed I was not disappointed! There was all the fish you can possibly fish for there.

The Rialto fish market in Venice

Fresh clams, scallops, tuna, seabass, swordfish… and all super fresh with beautiful colours and textures and some of it still kicking!

The Rialto fish market in Venice

There were eels and crabs attempting to escape too! Fish does not get fresher than this!

Swordfish at Rialto Venice

They say that you eat with your eyes first and looking at the beauty of this fish I just felt so hungry all of a sudden even if I just had lunch!

Fresh fish at Venice market

They say that when you visit a place and you need to buy food you should go where the locals go. Well, I have seen many locals here buying their daily supply of fish, vegetables, fruit and also other foods you can find, like rice for risotto for instance.

Lobster at Venice market

Do you know “Canocchie” also known in Venice as “Canocce”? This is a type of shrimp very common in the Adriatic sea and in other parts of the world like Australia. I have always loved this type of fish to be served as an antipasto with just a little bit of olive oil and parsley, so I bought some to take home.

canocchie shrimp

In the market you will also find a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables

The Rialto market in Venice

The Rialto market in Venice

I loved the look of the artichokes floating in water. If you remove its outer leaves you need to preserve them in lemony water to avoid them turning black.


I left the market with a selection of fresh fish and a bag of fresh vegetables which I cooked for dinner… so you can just imagine how delicious my dinner was!

Visiting this market was an interesting and fun experience.

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16 Responses to The Rialto market in Venice.. a must-see if you love food

    • Alida

      So do I!

  1. Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina

    I need to visit the Rialto market the next time that I visit Venice. Love the floating artichokes in water too! So many fish varieties to choose from too!

    • Alida

      Yes this is the largest market I have seen so far in Italy and it is so lively too!

  2. Chiara

    conosco bene il mercato di Rialto, tutte le volte che vado a Venezia non manco di farci una visita, adoro girare fra le bancarelle ! Foto splendide Alida !

    • Alida

      Grazie cara

  3. gloria

    Always I think I would love so much venice and I know why!!
    Look beautiful !! I love Florence too 🙂

    • Alida

      Yes you must visit Venice one day.

    • Alida

      Yes and this one is particularly good

  4. La cucina di Molly

    Mamma mia che ben di Dio, un mercato ben fornito, ci farei volentieri una capatina, adoro il pesce! Buona serata, baci!

    • Alida

      Sicuramente da te il pesce deve essere meraviglioso!

  5. elisabetta

    The Rialto Market is truly worth visiting – unfortunately it was closed when I went, it must have been a Sunday. It’s so funny to read that your suitcase and your sister’s tends to contain more food than anything else – sounds like me!

    • Alida

      You have Italian genes! 🙂 Food comes first!

  6. Dianne S

    Is the Rialto market open everyday?
    It’s a beautiful sight….the market and the city!

    • Alida

      The fish market is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 7.30 am to 12.00 pm and the fruit and vegetable market is open from Monday to Saturday, from 7.30 am to 13.30 pm.

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