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The fish market of Rialto and the film "The Tourist"

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The fish market of Rialto and the film "The Tourist"

In 2010 Venice was the scene of the shooting of a film with two of the most glamorous stars of Hollywood: ‘The Tourist' starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.

One of the most recognizable locations of the film is definitely the Rialto Fish Market, where the production decided to shoot on Monday because it is always closed on that day. The director chose to film scenes in the Campo de la Pescaria and in addition to the crew, dozens of extras were stationed. The protagonist of the film, Johnny Depp, was engaged in these scenes, while on the set was also the Italian actor Nino Frassica.

The Rialto Fish Market consists of dozens of stalls located within two buildings in the vicinity of the Grand Canal. They were built in neo-Gothic style in 1907 as a replacement of the metal roofing from the nineteenth century. The fish market has been here for almost a thousand years: a Republic of Venice regulated since 1173 the sale of fish with a special edict which laid down the rules for the trade. La Serenissima was particularly severe with fish vendors selling undersized fish: today at the Rialto fish market one can still see a white marble table indicating the minimum length allowed for the sale of fish.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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