Venice boasts hundreds of tourist attractions. The local fruit and vegetable and fish markets together with the antique markets are certainly attractions. In the district markets of Venice you can find vegetables such as radicchio rosso trevisano, asparagus and Sant'Erasmo artichokes. You'll also find fish products such as sardines, cuttlefish, rays, squid and clams. In the grocery stores and food shops between Rialto and San Marco you can buy coffee, salami and cheese, prosecco and wine.
One of the most popular markets among Venetians is the Rialto market. The market was founded in 1097 and was renovated in 1500, still maintaining the structure and organisation of the time. The market has two sections, the Logge della Pescheria with fish products and Campo dell'Erbaria with fruit and vegetables. At dawn you will see barges full of fruit and vegetables and fish merchants bring their fish from Tronchetto. This market operates from Monday to Saturday from 07:30 until around 14:00. Being the cheapest in Venice it is also the busiest, especially on Saturdays.
The Rialto market is not the only market for food. Almost every sestiere has its own market. In Dorsoduro in Campo Santa Margherita, open every day except Sunday and Monday, you will find the fruit and vegetable market. In Campo San Barnaba you will often find the characteristic Venetian barge parked with agricultural products for sale. Also in Dorsoduro, on Monday mornings you'll find the Mercato del Contadino (farmer's market) with organic food. In Cannaregio the Rio Terà di San Leonardo Market is open in the morning from Monday to Saturday. While in Santa Croce the Mercato dell'Altra Economia offers eco-friendly and zero-kilometre products.
The islands of the Lagoon also have their own fruit and vegetable markets. The Sacco Fisola in Giudecca and the Calle del Pizzo Market in Burano are two examples. An inclusive initiative held on Giudecca is the Orto delle Meraviglie (Garden of Wonders), maintained by prison inmates. Here, as well as fruit and vegetables, you can buy other products such as cosmetics. The inmates' stall is only open on Thursdays from 9am to 12pm at the prison entrance.
The capital of Veneto also boasts many antique and second-hand markets in general.
These markets do not always have a fixed frequency, sometimes they can vary. We suggest you get advice from the staff at your hotel, or visit our website for the latest information. The most famous of these markets is undoubtedly the San Maurizio market, which has been attracting collectors and amateurs for over 50 years. Here you can find many antiques as well as second-hand goods. Polvere dei Ricordi, with its poetic name, is held between Campo dell'Erbaria, Campo San Silvestro and Campo Sant'Agnese. It is perhaps the second most important market and here you can find interesting items sold by private individuals and real professionals. The Miracoli market in Cannaregio on the other hand is run by Venetian amateurs who meet on weekends in March, May and from September to December. Here you'll find lots of second-hand goods, from books to furniture and clothes. The least frequented market by tourists is the one in Via Garibaldi in Castello. In the mornings you'll find fruit and vegetable stalls along with antique dealers selling second-hand items all day long.