Europe is famous for Market Day. It’s one of my favorite things about Europe! I love wandering thru open markets where ever they may be.
Like all the other European countries Italy has Market Day in just about every little town. In fact some towns like Vicenza have a schedule of Market Days where different vendors rotate through out the week. For instance Thursdays are usually a Market Day for food vendors to sell fresh fruits and veggies not to mention cheeses, deli meats, seafood, and more. These vendors set up in the smaller piazzas around town leaving the main piazza for vendors selling clothes, carpets, and other household goods. Tuesdays are usually a Market Day for clothing vendors who set up in the main square. Then every last Sunday of the month is strictly for antique vendors.
Other towns like Camisano and Bolzano have a Market Days where pretty much everything is sold including produce, prepared food, clothing, toys, and house hold goods. Venice has a fish market at the Rialto from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and Naples has one pretty much daily.
I love these markets! You’ll find fresh breads and pasties, seasonal fruits and veggies, rotisserie chicken, cheeses, and deli meats. In my opinion it’s a great place to buy a picnic lunch to take to the beach or park.
It’s hard to compile a list of all Market Days through out Italy, there are so many. Again it seems like every little town has one or two. Your best bet is to check out the local scene once you get to town. Or better yet serendipitously wander into one!
Of course if you find yourself in Italy in late October or early November to the first week of January you’ll find plenty of Christmas Markets, now those are super awesome! Hint hint there’s a big one in Verona!