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Best Markets in Italy

Despite Italy being famous for its haute couture and designers, shopping in the Italian markets still remains a popular activity for Italians. Visiting a local market in Italy is an experience and a half. Locals tend to shy away from the large commercial supermarkets and opt to shop at individual stalls in the market where they know the products they’re buying are fresh. Ask any Italian, old or young, rich or poor, and they’ll give you the same answer – markets in Italy are the best in the world no matter what you’re shopping for. If you’re looking for quality fresh food in Italy, you need to visit one of the local markets. Almost every neighborhood has one, and from the very north of Italy through to the southernmost point, you’ll find markets everywhere. When you visit an Italian market, you’ll get an insight into the daily lives of Italians. You’ll see friendly chit chat, arguing over prices, and vendors trying to enthusiastically persuade you that their produce is better than their neighbors.

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Top Local Markets in Italy

  • Piazza Campo del Palio in Asti is held every Wednesday and Saturday. This overwhelming market has all the best seasonal produce in the entire region and Italians travel to it from quite a distance.
  • Rialto Fish Market in Venice is in the heart of Venice. Here you can find anything from the sea imaginable, but make sure you get there early to get some of the freshest catch!
  • Piazza delle Erbe in Padua is a grand outdoor marketing specializing in herbs and vegetables. The aromatic smells are enticing as is the scenery.
  • Mercato Centrale in Bologna is famous for its cured meats. It’s here you’ll find some of the most lavish food in the whole of Italy.
  • The Antique Market in Arezzo is held the first Sunday of the month. Here you’ll find a collection of unusual antiques, and it’s not uncommon to fall upon a treasure.
  • Santo Spirito Market is a daily market held in Florence. Here you’ll find some of the freshest fruits and vegetables amongst other random goods.
  • Papiniano is a popular market in Milan. You can buy great fresh food and some of the best quality fashion at discount prices.
  • Valvassori Peroni is the best market in Milan. It has delicious fresh produce, and also a number of trendy stalls selling fashionable clothes at cheaper prices.
  • Via Armorari is a busy flea market in Milan and also a collector’s dream. Here you’ll find wonderful collections and one-off items, such as books, stamps, coins, pictures, toys, and cards.

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The Best Local Markets Italy

  • Piazza Campo del Palio in the center of Asti can be easily reached by foot if you’re staying central. Open twice a week, this market offers a range of reasonably priced fresh seasonal foods. The best time to visit is in fall when the overwhelming display of mushrooms is being showcased. Arrive early to get the best produce.
  • Rialto Fish Market in Venice can be reached by ferry and it’s open from 6am each day when the first catches arrive. If you’re a seafood lover, you’ll find everything imaginable and this will certainly whet your appetite for more. There’s an abundance of octopus, squid and soft-shelled crabs to choose.
  • Santo Spirito Market in Florence is located in one of the prettiest areas. This particular marketplace is known for its enthusiastic hawkers trying to sell their wares. This monthly event held on the second Sunday of the month is when you’ll see a range of larger-than-life characters appear – it’s a great place for people watching.