Today I would like to write about a very important Ligurian/Italian issue: the OPEN-AIR MARKETS 🙂
Even if in Liguria you can find numerous supermarkets and shops the open-air markets are still very important for the local people. What is more, in the smallest towns weekly open-air markets are a kind of feast! The ladies go to a hairdresser, wear their best clothes and meet the friends for a cup of coffee after a stroll through the market stands. For me, the open-air markets are also an excellent way to see how the Ligurian people live like. That’s why I recommend you to visit one of them!
What should you know about the Ligurian weekly open-air market?
- First of all when it is organized 🙂 Below I list you the open-air markets of the most important towns in Liguria:
Ameglia, Andora, Arma di Taggia, Ceriale, Finale Borgo, Imperia Porto Maurizio, La Spezia, Recco, Riomaggiore, Riva Ligure, Riva Trigoso, Savona, S. Bartolomeo al Mare, Sori, Vallecrosia, Genova (P.zza Palermo, Dinegro, Molassana, Tré Ponti, Bolzaneto, Pegli).
Bocca di Magra, Borghetto S. Spirito, Campoligure, Cengio, Diano Marina, La Spezia, Pompeiana, Sanremo, S. Lorenzo al Mare, Seborga, Spotorno, Varese Ligure, Vernazza, Genova (Piazzale Parenzo, Piazza Giusti, Oregina, Nervi, Via Anzani, Cornigliano, Voltri).
Albenga, Camogli, Camporosso, Carcare, Casteinuovo Magra, Crocefieschi, Finale, Imperia Oneglia, La Spezia, Levanto, Monegiia, Ospedaletti, Perinaldo, Rezzoaglio, Sassello, S. Stefano d’Avete, Vado Ligure, Vallebona, Varigotti, Genova (Via Tortosa, Terralba, Sestri Ponente, Prà, Certosa, Piazzale da Vinci).
Apricale, Bolano, Bordighera, Busalla, Cairo Montenotte, Cervo, Cogoleto, Dolceacqua, Finale Marina, Imperia Porto Maurizio, La Spezia, Lavagna, Noli, Mioglia, Monterosso al Mare, Rapallo, Sarzana, Senello, Triora, Genova (Dinegro, Via Anzani, Piazza Palermo, Bolzaneto, Pegli, Via Emilia).
Altare, Ameglia, Arenzano, Campoligure, Celle Ligure, Cervo Ligure, Chiavari, Fiumaretta, Laigueglia, La Spezia, Loano, S. Lorenzo al Mare, S. Margherita Ligure, S. Stefano al Mare, Ventimiglia, Villanova d’Albenga, Zuccarello, Genova (Via Isonzo, Piazzale Parenzo, Piazza Giusti, Oregina, Tré Ponti, Cornigliano, Pontedecimo, Prato).
Alassio, Imperia Oneglia, La Spezia, Lerici, Mallare, Millesimo, Piana Crixia, Pietra Ligure, Pigna, Sanremo, Sestri Levante, S. Stefano d’Aveto, S. Stefano Magra, Taggia, Rossiglione, Varazze, Genova (Via Tortosa, Terralba, Sestri Ponente, Certosa, Via San Remo, Piazzale Da Vinci).
Baiardo, Badalucco, Busalla, Campoligure, Isolabona, Masene, Rossiglione.
What else you should know?
- They are open (majority) from 7.00 am – 1.00 pm.
- What can you find there? EVERYTHING 🙂 From fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, ham, cheese, chickens, fish, spices, sweets to clothes (second-handed and new or designer clothes and no-name clothes), underwear, shoes, pans, bags, bijou, watches and also watchmaker!
- You can haggle only when you spend a lot. The small prices are final.
- The prices are generally much lower than in the shops. It regards food (that is always fresh and seasonal) and clothes (sometimes the designer clothes are 50% price off. However very often they don’t have all sizes).
- In some towns, once a month are organized the flea markets. If you like them for sure you will find something for you. Below I list where and when they are organized:
THE FIRST WEEKEND OF A MONTH:
Bolzaneto, Isolabona*, La Spezia*, Savona, Finale Ligure.
THE SECOND WEEKEND OF A MONTH:
Celle Ligure*, Chiavari, Vallecrosia*.
THE THIRD WEEKEND OF A MONTH:
Bogliasco*, Lavagna**, Recco*, San Lorenzo al Mare*, Taggia, Albenga*, Andora, Varazze*, Santa Margherita Ligure.
THE FOURTH WEEKEND OF A MONTH:
Rapallo*, Sori**, Brugnato*, Pietra Ligure*, Spotorno*, Alassio.
* only on Sunday
** only on Saturday
I believe that the open-air markets are fantastic places! You can find here everything and know the local people… for me, it is really priceless! I recommend you to visit one of them!