When you go for a visit to Italy, be sure to ask about the local mercato (markets)in the city you are visiting. You must do a visit to the mercato in Italy! There is usually one in every city once a week. Some even have 2 a week. I love to visit the mercato because you can find a little of every thing. I’m mostly there to check out the food, but I know those that go just for the fashion. I do like to check out the shoes and the clothes, but prefer not to buy any thing. It’s all too rushed and frenetic for me.
It’s hot and it’s crowded in the summertime. People push you around and some of them are smoking cigarettes as they’re glancing around the racks of clothes. There’s shouting and there’s bargaining. There are babies crying and there are lots of cute dogs to check out.
Right around here is where my sister-in-law convinced me to check out these tops. I noticed it was getting chaotic the closer I was getting to the pile. They were these cute bathing suit cover ups. In a few days, everyone will be gone. Italy will practically shut down the month of August. It is time to go to a beach. Any beach will do. Besides visiting the mercato for a bathing suit coverup, did I mention that it is SALDI time in Italy. That means, Summer Sales! Everyone awaits the big day when the stores start the sales. But back to this day at the mercato.
But really, for me, visiting a mercato is all about the food!! Check out this cheese!
A really great post that talks about the history of mercati in Italy from Paolo of Disgraces on the Menu.
Georgette (AKA: THE Girl in Florence) talk about the incredible Mercato Centrale in Florence.
Katie Parla talks about the Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio in Rome.