Photo Friday, May 20, Italian Market

Don’t miss the markets in Italy. The produce is heavenly.

Produce at Vicenza Market,


Markets near Vicenza, Italy

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.

Photo by Peggy Crippen

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.

Photo By Peggy Crippen

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.

Photo by Peggy CrippenIf 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

Antique Markets

Piazzola ~ Last Sunday of each month

Vicenza (Piazza dei Signori) ~ Second Sunday of each month

Verona (Piazza San Zeno) ~Third Sunday of each month