Welcome to San Leonardo, the nearest thing you’ll find in Venice to a supermarket. If you’re looking for designer dresses or brand-name boutiques then forget it, instead you’ll find shops of all shapes and sizes selling a wonderful range of goods and of course … a super market.
This is where the action is for the hardened shopper, the bargain hunter who doesn’t mind rubbing shoulders with the locals. It’s surprisingly easy to walk to, if you’re starting at San Marco, head for Rialto and walk about ten minutes further once you’ve crossed the Rialto bridge, on the other hand, starting from Piazale Roma, head for Rialto and if you reach Rialto, you’ve missed it.
Alternatively, as I did with Eldest Daughter, catch the vaporetto to San Marcuola and walk for a couple of minutes “inland”.
The fresh fruit and veg on the market stalls is out of this world, so big, so bright, so tasty … maybe a touch of the holiday sunshine is helping the memory along here, but you’ll just have to go and see for yourself.
There are some beautiful shops to browse in as well as the local mini-markets for some down-to-earth grocery shopping.
The San Marcuola vaporetto stop is also where you get off to visit the casino
We didn’t visit the casino or the local restaurant, you could probably eat in either.
But if you don’t fancy anything on the menu there, then I guess there’s always Ronald’s place.
More from before : visits to “Venice” in Aug 2006 and Jul 2013.