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The Streets of Venice – Part II

Quiet, Side Street; Venice copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Quiet, Side Street; Venice
copyright 2013 Andy Richards

One of the most fascinating elements of Venice’s streets, is their diversity.  On some of the more central streets, there are motels, restaurants, and shops, and again, people. In contrast to the quiet, back streets and canals I have written about in the past several blogs, there is a commercial side of Venice (admittedly tourist – centric; or as they say in Europe, “touristic,” – one popular travel source suggests that Venice sees 20 million tourists a year), which is busy, loud, colorful and crowded. Mixed in with the obvious tourist oriented shops, street vendors and restaurants are some of the local, daily attractions like flower shops, produce stands, and and numerous outdoor markets.

Rialto Produce Market copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Rialto Produce Market
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As you get closer and closer to both San Marco and Rialto, the streets and shops become increasingly commercial, and the street vendors and shops more oriented to the tourist traffic. The Rialto district is the city’s traditional commercial center. Ponte Rialto is one of only 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal, and the streets on both sides of the bridge (including on the bridge itself), today hold many tourist shops. The adjacent streets along the Grand Canal on both sides have restaurants, bars and shops, with a decidedly “touristic” (as the Europeans say) bent.

Shops; Rialto Marketplace; Venice copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Shops; Rialto Marketplace; Venice
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Shops; Rialto Marketplace; Venice
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Rialto Fish Market; Venice copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Rialto Fish Market; Venice
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Rialto Fish Market; Venice copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Rialto Fish Market; Venice
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Rialto Fish Market; Venice copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Rialto Fish Market; Venice
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Rialto Fish Market; Venice copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Rialto Fish Market; Venice
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Strada Nova; Venice copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Strada Nova; Venice
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One of the most enjoyable things we did was to sit at one of the restaurants and just watch the people pass, by the dozens. And dozens and dozens. The Venetians tend to be primarily wine drinkers (as opposed to beer and other spirits), but one drink that intrigued us was the aperol spritzer. It is a pretty rust orange color and we saw it served everywhere. So of course, we borrowed from another Italian city and decided, when in Venice …….. . Pretty tasty. I didn’t capture a good image of the aperol, but of course the choice of most for dinner or just relaxing was the ubiquitous house red and white (usually pretty good and pretty inexpensive).

Streets of Venice copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Streets of Venice
copyright 2013 Andy Richards


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8 Responses

  1. Wet market look about like Hong Kong, or Bangkok, or Singapore… hmmm.

  2. Andy, I’m sitting in the Salt Lake City airport waiting for my connecting flight to St. George and I’m reading your blog. A nice way to pass some time. More importantly, a nice opportunity to learn about Venice. Very informative.

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