Rialto Market and the lenght fish
As everyone knows, Rialto was and is still the commercial heart of our beautiful Venice. Even today in this area you can see the main markets with fresh fish and fruits and vegetables that are bearing the morning by boat. What a wonderful experience to be there early morning! The best of themselves the Rialto offers before the opening, where you can find the best bargains in action seeing the skilled tradesmen.
These markets are open all week (fish market is close on Sundays ans Mondays), always crowded first of all with Venetians...and tourists.
The fish market is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 7.30 to about 12, while that of fruits and vegetables is open from 7.30 to about 13.30.
The most fish stalls is in two buildings with a view of the Grand Canal, in the Campo del pesce (campo of the fish).
A close area, the so called Erberia, however, is the right area where you can find the fruit and vegetable market. It offers an interesting walk through colorful fresh fruits and vegetables.
These markets were built in neo-Gothic style in 1907 as a replacement of the metal roofing from the nineteenth century. The fish market has been here for almost a thousand years. Let you know that that the Republic of Venice regulated since 1173 the sale of fish with a special edict which laid down the rules for the trade. La Serenissima was particularly severe with fish vendors selling undersized fish.
Already in 1173 an edict of the Republic of Venice informed consumers on the minimum size of the fish one should buy, imposing precise and strict rules. Today at the Rialto fish market one can still see a white marble table. It indicates the minimum length allowed for the sale of fish, in particular about the catch of some species of fish in order to preserve their growth: from the 12 centimetres of the bass ( keep in mind that today they have become 25 centimetres) to the 3 for mussels (in Venice called peoci).
Good to know that already 900 years ago fishermen were questioning the legitimacy of some fishing. Why? Because the minimum length of the different species of fish can influence the destiny of the sea’s population. And this is the objective of the Decree 1967/2006, also known as the “Mediterranean Decree”.
Here our Veronica at the Rialto market during the heart and soul of Venice tour by Isola Tour. Join our Free Walk in Venice!
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Gondole for everyone !
The venetian Gondola was the main type of transportation for Venetians, even outside the city..we can say until the invention of motorboats. But that was in particular for very rich people, a kind of limousine ;)
First mentioning of gondola was in the far 1094. That was a very important year, it was the same year when St. Mark’s Church (Basilica di San marco) was consecrated.
Ancient gondola in Ca' Rezzonico museum
It is 11 metres long, made up of 280 different pieces of wood and is painted with seven layers of black paint. It can be steered by a single gondolier with just one oar!
What about colours?
At the beginning you could decorate and paint your gondola however you wanted. Didn't you know that? We don't think you knew that because the typical gondola nowadays is a black gondola!
Hovever, wealthy noble and rich families could even risk bankruptcy in order to maintain their appearances and have colourful and unique gondolas. So they kept on to decorate their gondole.
Back in the past, gondolas were covered up with a wooden cabin called felze.
The Venetian Senate ended this extravagance mood of decorating trought a law to evem ban decorations and to make all gondolas black... gondole that everyone knows.
Today Venetian people are not using gondolas anymore.. but tourists can take a gondola ride pretty much anywhere in the city. The price is fixed, it’s 80 € for 30 minutes during the day and 100 € during the night.
There are also wedding gondolas…
… or funeral gondolas.
But the ones we are still using and that we love the most is the so called "traghetto". Traghetto means "ferry boat", a public service across Grand Canal. The faster way to cross it! This is a very cheap service, just 2€! Of course this will last only few minutes, but that’s the way locals doa. and finally you can share a gondola with Venetian people.
By Free Walk in Venice
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