The Fish Market and its History
When you come to Caorle, don't miss out on the motor fishing boats which go out to sea before the break of dawn and return in the afternoon with their catch. Be sure to head to the Municipal Fish Market in Riva delle Caorline, near the harbour, to witness a ritual that has been going on for generations: the “ear” auction, a very traditional way of ours of selling fish!
What does it entail? Every box of fish is auctioned off, but the prices suggested by the purchasers are not shouted out loud as you would expect at a market; they are whispered into the ear of the auctioneer who sells and gives the box to the best bidder. Talk about privacy!
If you want to discover this age-old caorlotto tradition, you have to visit the Fish Market!