Why not buy some fresh produce or fish from one of Venice's interesting, and often organic, open-air markets? Some of them also sell clothing or household goods, and one is part of a women's prison programme.
5 fun open-air markets in Venice
1) Il Mercato dell’Altraeconomia
This market is held every Thursday from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. As the name suggests, this is not your typical market. The stallholders sell sustainable and ethical products, such as organic and locally grown food, medicinal plants and clothes produced with natural dyes.
2) Mercato di Rio Terà San Leonardo
This small market is held in Strada Nova, off the Ponte delle Guglie bridge. It mostly has fruit and vegetable stalls, as well as smaller stalls that sell fish, and sometimes clothing and household goods. Open Monday through Saturday. The opening hours are the same as those of the local stores.
3) Mercato di Sacca Fisola
One of the only chances to see vehicles drive in Venice. Trucks are loaded with merchandise on the mainland, then ferried here where they open their doors and become street stalls. What do they sell? Extremely fresh food, as well as clothing and household items.
4) Mercato di Via Garibaldi
Definitely the most popular market with locals, where Venetians outnumber the tourists. Here they sell fruit, vegetables, and fish. Open daily from 7 am to 2 pm.
5) Orto delle Meraviglie
A marvellous initiative of the Rio Terà dei Pensieri co-op. The Orto delle Meraviglie (Garden of Wonders) is a 6000-square-metre field, which is farmed by inmates of the women’s prison, using organic methods only. They sell the fruits of their labour every week from a stall in Fondamenta del Carcere.
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