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When in Rome... or any­where else in Italy, for that mat­ter... do as the lo­cals do and pick up the best fresh pro­duce at the mer­cato

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Amalfi

MER­CATO AMALFI

Best for: A hive of ac­tiv­ity ev­ery Wed­nes­day morn­ing, as stalls are set up di­etro al porto (be­hind the port). Find olive oils, moz­zarella and tex­tiles along­side the fa­mous Amalfi lemons and sac­cha­rine bot­tles of limon­cello.

Weds, 8am-1pm

Asti

PI­AZZA CAMPO DEL PALIO

Best for: One of the largest squares in Italy is a prime spot to pick up spe­cial­i­ties from the Pied­mont re­gion. Chest­nuts, Castel­magno cheese, for­aged mush­rooms and truf­fles are among lo­cal favourites.

Weds and Sat, 8am-1pm

Bari

BARI VECCHIA

Best for: Dig in to popizze (fried pizza dough balls), sgagliozze (salted po­lenta frit­ters) and panze­rotti (dough balls stuffed with moz­zarella and beef) at this en­er­getic street-food mar­ket. Pair with a trip to Molo San Nicola, a nearby fish mar­ket held be­hind the ru­ins of the Margherita The­atre.

Daily, 8am-1pm

Bologna

MER­CATO DI MEZZO

Best for: On the ground floor you’ll find ar­ti­san bak­eries along­side butch­ers and fish­mon­gers, on the first floor, a clus­ter of pizze­rias, street-food stalls and wine cel­lars, and in the base­ment, the craft brew­ery Bal­adin.

Daily, 9am–mid­night

Florence MER­CATO DI SANT’AMBROGIO

Best for: Slightly away from the main tourist drag in Pi­azza Ghib­erti and less crowded than Mer­cato Cen­tral. Pick up cured meat finoc­chiona (fen­nel-stud­ded salami).

Mon-Sat, 7am-2pm

Genoa

RECCO

Best for: Recco in Genoa is fa­mous for be­ing the birth­place of fo­cac­cia, which is sold from the stalls and bak­eries that line the streets and al­ley­ways. The fo­cac­cia at Pi­azzetta, 9 Nos­tra Sig­nora del Suf­fra­gio, is our top pick.

Daily, 9am-mid­night

Mi­lan

EAST MAR­KET

Best for: Deemed to be the coolest mar­ket in Mi­lan due to its eclec­tic mix of retro fur­ni­ture, vin­tage clothes and re­fur­bished bikes. Food stalls, DJs and a bar also oc­cupy the in­dus­trial ware­house.

Sun, 10am–9pm

MERCATONE DELL’ANTIQUARIATO

Best for: Mi­lan’s premium flea mar­ket pitches up along both sides of the Nav­igli Grande canal on the first Sun­day of each month. Delve through a ver­i­ta­ble trea­sure trove of vin­tage vinyl, retro leather jack­ets and a huge ar­ray of re­fur­bished fur­ni­ture.

Sun, 8am-6pm

Naples

LA PIGNASECCA

Best for: The old­est mar­ket in Naples owes its name to the last stand­ing pine tree at its cen­tre. A melt­ing hub of mar­ket stalls, street-food ven­dors and tra­di­tional, tav­er­nas, graze on fried alici (an­chovies) served in brown pa­per cups as you stroll.

Daily, 8am-1pm

PORTA NOLANA FISH MAR­KET

Best for: Rarely vis­ited by tourists, dive into Naples’ loud, chaotic and gritty fish mar­ket for the rich­est seafood of­fer­ing. Be sure to pick up ba­cala (salted cod) and capi­tone fritto (eel), both com­monly served up at Christ­mas Eve din­ners. Mon-Sat, 8am–6pm; Sun 8am-2pm

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