Italy’s Open-Air Markets

Italy’s fun and useful open air-air markets have been put on hold because of coronavirus. 😦 Yet they remain (once they reopen) one of the best ways for tourists to get a glimpse of Italian culture and daily life, and to find a great deal. So I thought I’d let you get a peek at one. Partly because I miss them. And partly because I think we could all use some bright spots during this trying time. So enjoy!!

Most towns hold a weekly market, and at these vibrant and colorful events you can get just about everything. From clothing to fresh produce, from shoes to Italian delicacies. And so much in between, like plants, toys and kitchen wares! The prices are often lower than at the shops too, so it’s not only a fun social event, but easy on the pocketbook!

Published by Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

8 thoughts on “Italy’s Open-Air Markets

  1. This makes me yearn for the kinder and gentler times of people actually being around people. Of bumping into folks and having conversations if for no other reason than to be kind and curious. A chance to see and try new things. Someday that will once again happen. But the visuals are delightful, and the hope of this being real again soon is still there and strong. Thanks, Sheila.


  2. We are “regulars” at these markets in Trento, Bolzano, and Brecia provinces, especially those located on Lago di Garda. Each year more and more of the vendors are not Italian but that just gives me an excuse to practice a few more of my languages. You would be surprised what a conversation in Arabic will yield in terms of a “sconto.”


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