Don’t miss the markets in Italy. The produce is heavenly.
One of my favorite things about living in Italy are the markets which happen like clockwork each week. Shopping at the local markets offer an authentic glimpse into the local culture.
Each market has its own flavor. Some markets focus more heavily on food and locally grown produce, others focus on antique furniture and collectibles. Many vendors travel from one town’s market to the next. So, you will likely see the vendor at another place in a day or so.
Vendors do not traditionally bargain or haggle in Italian markets. You may be considered rude if you try to get a better deal. If you are purchasing several items, you may politely ask for a discount and sometimes the vendor will honor the request.
If you are shopping for clothing, make sure you know your Italian size. To Americans the sizes sound large. A size 8 is about a size 38 in Italy. To find size conversions (and more), the AngloInfo-Rome website has many helpful charts.
Local markets usually are open only in the morning. If you take public transportation to the markets, be ready for a crowded bus ride. Bring your own bags, because Italy recently banned non-biodegradable plastic bags. Vendors may charge for the biodegradable plastic ones. Cash is the rule of the day. A rare vendor accepts credit cards.
Local Market Days
Sunday ~ Camisano, Bassano
Monday ~ Cittadella, Thiene
Tuesday ~ Marostica, Soave, Padova, Costabissara
Wednesday ~Dueville, Grisignano
Thursday ~Vicenza Downtown, Bassano, Montagnana
Friday ~ Piazzola, Montevecchio Maggiore
Piazzola ~ Last Sunday of each month
Vicenza (Piazza dei Signori) ~ Second Sunday of each month
Verona (Piazza San Zeno) ~Third Sunday of each month