Posted by: Debra Kolkka | January 17, 2012

The Venice fish market

I love fish markets and the one in Venice is one of the most interesting I have seen. Apart from the addition of refrigeration it probably looks much as it has for centuries in its position beside the Grand Canal. The decoration at the top of the columns in the covered area is particularly lovely.




A lot of care is put into the displays of the seafood. I would like to have an apartment with a kitchen so I could try some of the things I saw. Some things were familiar and others not.

















I not sure about the last photo. Are they oysters?Any suggestions?


  1. Debra…fantastico. Venetian seafood is sublime….like everything else in Venice. Gorgeous post.

    • I love fish markets, and this one is wonderful.

  2. Not sure about the last picture either… How would you eat the critters in the shells (4th photo from the bottom?)
    Great photos Debra.

  3. I guess you would pick them out like snails. I have no idea what they taste like.

  4. What a FANTASTIC collection of shots, the only real fish market i ever went to was in Portugal.. I was fascinated, it was fantastic.. c

    • Markets in Italy are the best. Bologna’s food market is my absolute favourite.

  5. Wow, so much amazing sea food! I don’t know what’s in the last photo. Sorry. Hope your week is going well.

    • We had fun wandering around the markets in Venice.

  6. What a wonderful variety of fish and seafoods.

    • There were things I have never seen before.

  7. Markets are amazing places… full of color… suggestive.

    • I love food markets, and look for them wherever I go.

  8. If only we could have fish markets here that looked like this- superbly fresh and an incredible selection. Not sure about the oysters but I would love some sardines already cleaned and ready to go as in your photo

    • Those sardines were very impressive.

  9. Great photos! I do not think that those on the last photo are oysters. Normally, they are kept in their shells. Some suggestions: shelled “dattero di mare” (sea dates), shelled “lumaca di mare” (sea snails) or perhaps the gills of some larger fish…

    • Thanks for the suggestion. I didn’t think they were oysters either.

  10. Slimy, icky and really, really beautiful photography, Debra. I think those photos would make fantastic wallpapers/greeting cards/computer covers, etc. You can really see the design that exists in nature. Great job. You are a really talented photographer. toni

    • Thank you for your kind comments. I love the scallop shells.

  11. Interesting range of seafood and as for that last item, I’m not sure what that is!

    • There have been a couple of excellent suggestions from clever readers.

  12. What can I say YUMMMMMMMMMMMM
    Your photos always amaze me Debra and make me hungry.
    The last photo has me intrigued !!!

    • I would love to cook with some of these wonderful things.

  13. Could it be that the last picture contains fish jowels? They’re a speciality in Spain and are called “chocos”.

    • Thank you for the info. I think you are correct.

  14. I’m not a fan of seafood but sitting here at my computer, without the fishy smells :), I thoroughly enjoyed your photos – well captured.

  15. A beautiful selection from this market. Love the stonework that you show in those first shots. This makes the place quite unique.

    All the best from Santiago de Chile…

    • The Venice market is a special place. I love your tram series. I tried leaving a comment on your blog, but I was rejected.

  16. I think the shellfish in the fourth last photo are what I used to know in Britain as Whelks. You have to use something like a skewer to twist them out, I don’t remember how they were cooked but in my food-memory there is vinegar and salt and pepper. They are quite chewy little morsels.

    • I have not tried them. It seems like a lot of effort for not much reward.

  17. I don’t know what the last things are, but I know I’ve just added another thing to my list of stuff to do and see in Venice.

    • They don’t look all that inviting really.

  18. Deb, loved this and particularly as we will be there in late June – this fish market was on my list of things we will do, along with things we have done before. Will try to find out what those shell fish at the end of your Post were – not oysters surely.

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