Rialto Market, Venice
The Rialto Market, in Italy's tourism hot spot Venice, is one of the world's most atmospheric retail spaces. It is also one of the oldest, with a market first moving to the area at the end of the 11th century. Today's market sits on the bank of the Grand Canal, which is spanned by the famous Rialto Bridge, a stereotypically stylish and historic Venetian masterpiece that dates from the 1500s. The market itself is a bustle of activity every day, with goods unloaded from barges and locals aggressively seeking out the freshest and best items. Fish is the backbone of commerce at Rialto, though vegetables, fruit and other products important to Venetian cuisine are also on display. For tourists, a visit is more about the experience than about shopping, but what an experience it is!