Venice, Italy


8:00 am departure - Train at 7:20 


Gondola Factory


Cantine de Vino old Schiavi - Vini al Bottegon (Bizarre Foods - Where gondoliers eat) Near Gondola Factory


Venice Round trip prices








Possible future Hotels







Pronto Pesce: A Taste of Local Venice

May 10, 2013 by

When returning from any big trip (you know, the kind that takes months of planning and several disappointed looks at your bank statement),
I find it’s often the smallest of activities that is the most meaningful. And when I think of Venice, of course I think of the canals and the gondolas
and the labyrinth of streets that get you hopelessly (but romantically) lost. (Seriously, Venice is gorgeous. Enough cannot be said about that.)
But these are never my first thoughts.

My mind goes straight to the Rialto, one of the most heavily trafficked parts of an overly toured city. Tucked behind an unassuming storefront,
directly across the street from the frenetic (and pungent) fish market is
Pronto Pesce, a small fish shop selling local delicacies that were most
likely swimming just a few hours prior to your purchase.

Venice Fish Market


I discovered this little gem on the Travel Channel‘s recently wrapped series, No Reservations. Knowing Anthony Bourdain would never steer

me wrong, I knew that this had to be a stop on my own itinerary to Venice. And boy, did Mr. Bourdain ever find a prime spot!

The display case, upon first glance, isn’t really all that impressive – especially if you don’t know what it is you’re looking at.

Fortunately, the people behind the counter speak English relatively well and are more than willing to explain what it is you see.

I asked for a sampling of everything. Greatest decision ever. The store clerk set to work, piling a plate high with smoked swordfish, squid eggs,

salted cod spread, sardines, shrimp, shark, and tuna. Add to that, crusty, rustic bread and tiny glasses of Prosecco, which are filled generously

and often. (Prosecco, to Venetians, is like morning coffee and completely acceptable for consumption before 11am.)

Pronto Pesce opened in 2007 as a simple fish market with takeaway service, but since then has grown to become an eat-in establishment, as well.
Venice Pronto Pesce

There are fewer than 20 seats in the entire store and through large glass windows diners can gaze out at the raucous action at the Rialto.

The patrons that wander in and out are undeniably local – not a Nikon or a fanny pack in sight! If you are on a trip to Venice this is a perfect spot

for a light lunch, an afternoon buzz and a peek into what Venice would be like without anyone but Venetians.


Traveler’s tip: Because Venice is mostly occupied with tourists, I wouldn’t recommend spending more than one or two days in the city. Hotel rooms

and most restaurants are out-of-this-world expensive, and you are essentially visiting a giant outdoor museum. The city is a must-see, for sure, but

Italy is home to towns that are just as picturesque and infinitely more authentic.


Fortunately, Italy’s extensive rail network makes a quick trip to Venice entirely possible.

Logo Trenitalia


Visit Trenitalia for train fares and schedules. A high-speed train from Rome takes less than four hours, making Venice a great destination for a weekend jaunt.


Ten highlights of Venice














Left-luggage offices are located at:
                                The arrivals hall of
Venice Marco Polo Airport, near the post office. (The airport also has free luggage carts.)
Venice Santa Lucia Railway Station, near track 1. (The last time we checked, hours were 6 a.m. to midnight.)
Piazzale Roma (where buses and taxis enter and leave Venice). Click here for a Google satellite map with a pushpin icon that

shows the location of the deposito bagagli office. (Note: The office is separate from the Cooperativa's waterside headquarters building.)
Venice Cruise Terminal's Marittima and San Basilio buildings, where left-luggage offices are normally open on days when cruise ships are arriving and departing.
Tip: For current rates and hours of  the deposito bagagli offices at Piazzale Roma and Marco Polo Airport, see the "Luggage Storage"

section of Cooperativa Trasgagagli Venezia's English-language Services page.


At Piazzale Roma is available a service of custody and storage of the luggage, daily from 6.00 AM to 9.00 PM at the cost of € 7,00 per piece

for each 24h from the delivery, to allow our customers in transit to be able to move freely in town.
Tel: 041.5231107
In the airport, inside the arrivals hall close to the post office, the storage service is available daily from 5.00 AM to 9.00 PM

at the cost of € 6,00 per piece for each 24h from the delivery.
Tel. 041.2605043






















Hotel alla Salute (lower left)