Venice, Italy - 5 April 2016:  Fishmongers set up their stalls with a variety of fresh fish, including giant swordfish, at the Rialto fish market, Venice, Italy
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Rialto Market

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Venice’s main market has been whetting appetites for seven centuries, with fruit and vegetable stands abutting the rather more pungent Pescaria. To see it at its best, arrive in the morning along with the trolley-pushing shoppers and you’ll be rewarded with pyramids of colourful seasonal produce like Sant’Erasmo castraure (baby artichokes), radicchio trevisano (bitter red chicory) and thick, succulent white asparagus. If you’re in the market for picnic provisions, vendors may offer you samples.

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