Nowhere is this more readily recognized that at the city's daily market. It is here, near the Pecheria that every morning except Sunday, the local women meet to visit with friends and select the very freshest ingredients for the meals they will prepare for their families that day. Row after row of gorgeous peaches, apples and grapefruits all washed and shined are lovingly placed by their vendors. Local area specialties such as white asperagus, cherries and plump heads of radicchio lettuce, all perfectly formed and trimmed, are displayed in huge baskets and wooden crates along the Via Trevisi and Via Pescheria near the east end of town.
The Pescheria (fish market) was built in 1851 and is located on the 'isoletta' (little island) which reaches out into the Botteniga waterway near the end of the Marketplace. An ever changing display of the magnificent bounty of the Adriatic: mussels, clams, shrimp and an endless variety of swimming fish. Each morning, groups of stocky fishermen arrive, hauling in their daily catch and confirming that the Veneto region is truly blessed with its location.
The sound of the waterwheel at the end of the market area offers a calming relief from the bustle of the marketplace as the water flows downward along the Botteniga. It is here that my husband and I sit, enjoing the warmth of June's early morning sun, while watching the daily parade of Treviso residents.
by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
September 29, 2000
From journal Treviso, Italy--Near Venice, but Quieter!