on October 7, 2008
Right by the Rialto Bridge, along with all the souvenir shops is a wonderful open-air market - the Mercato di Rialto.This market was once the largest and most important in the Mediterranean. The atmosphere is lively and it feels almost as if you have been transported back through the centuries. Barges arrive throughout the day loaded with fresh produce. Blood red oranges, fresh peas and colourful chillis all look amazing here. There are also little "holes in the walls" where you can buy delicious pastries.The Cantina do Mori is somewhere to enjoy a glass of wine. It is the vendor's favourite place aparently. There has been a tavern at this spot since 1462. It is pretension free and brimming with bonhomie. There was a crowd of regulars about 4 deep at the bar. The setting is wonderful.The fish market is also great fun - though it is closed on Mondays. It bustles with all shapes and sizes of fish, crustaceans and exotic creatures that do not resemble anything we had ever seen before.While you are in this area, also walk over the Rialto Bridge and browse around some of the many souvenir shops. The whole area is very crowded, but worth being jostled a little.
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