Thursday, November 27, 2014

Italian Market Round-Up: Our Top Five Picks

via Flickr by Cinzia Scarcella
Shopping is fantastic part of the travelling experience and there is no finer way to feel fully immersed in the culture of a country than by visiting street markets. It’s a practical way to gather groceries if you’re in the mood for a home cooked meal, but it also gives you a chance to meet and interact with locals.

Today we’ve picked five awesome Italian markets for our readers. Whether you’re looking for fresh produce or a lace handkerchief, we have you taken care of!

Food Markets

Rialto Fish Market, Venice

This particular market is one of the oldest in Europe. The Rialto Fish Market first moved to its current area on Campo della Pescaria at the end of the 11th century, which makes this market almost 1000 years old! Make sure to go early in the day for the freshest catch.

Porta Palazzo, Turin

This market is one of the largest open-air food markets in Europe; cheese, vegetables, fruit, meat and fish are just a few of the many, many items that can be found at this market. There are also some clothing and small accessories stalls, but the main event is most definitely the vast selection of food.

via Flickr by Fulvio Spada
Flea Markets

Fiera Antiquaria di Arezzo, Tuscany

This particular market might just be the biggest antiques market in the country. This market regularly draws over 500 antiques stalls which spread across Piazza Grande, so you can buy pretty much everything from a pair of doors to delicate jewellery.

via Flickr by Monica Arellano-Ongpin
Mercatone dell’Antiquariato, Naviglio Grande

This market is held on the last Sunday of every month and offers a great selection of authentic antiques, fun accessories and even some modern furniture. While the quality of merchandise can be variable, the variety is quite remarkable as this market regularly draws over 380 vendors.

Sanremo Antiqua, Sanremo

This antiques market means business – it only allows certified vendors to set up shop! Sanremo Antiqua is one of the most famous antiques markets in Italy, it’s definitely the one that serious buyers gravitate towards.