Friday, March 9, 2012

Markets Markets Everywhere!

Shopping the markets of Naples is an experience that is not to be missed, as they are very exciting and can be chaotic! There are about 60 permanent markets in the Naples area and each one is unique and special in its own way. There are different markets for fruits, vegetables, fish, seafood, cheese, and meat. Different markets for flowers, antiques, clothing, bags, shoes, household goods, books, and electronics. Finally, there are seasonal Christmas markets offering nativity scene paraphernalia and all kinds of Christmas goodies. And a lot of them combine all of the above! One can find near worthless trinkets to priceless antiques and works of art.

Many of them are named for the location that they are in - for example the Pozzuoli fish and produce market is located in Pozzuoli. Others are named for what they mainly sell, like "Shoe Alley" or "Christmas Alley". "Thieves Alley" got its nickname because it seems to sell many items, like electronics, that have fallen off of the back of a truck. There are high end markets and low end markets, markets that are known for having the best fish, and markets known for having a high amount of gypsies asking for money. We've found it best to just go and see the markets for ourselves.

"Shoe Alley" is one of the bigger markets.

Checking out some boots during the summer.
We've had a chance to go to quite a few of these markets, fighting our way through the narrow roads and overflowing stalls, elbowing our way to the front along with local Neapolitans. The markets can definitely be a hit or miss. We especially like going to a market for the fresh produce, fish, and seafood and will hit the other markets when we're in the mood just to browse or when a friend might be going. We always forget to take the camera with us when we go to a market so we pulled some of these pictures off the internet.

La Pignasecca's food market. Taken from
Porta Nolana seafood market. Taken from
A lot of buffalo mozzarella at a food market! Taken from
A clothing market.

The markets are an important part of life in Naples. They are a place to find great deals, fresh food, and test your bargaining skills (although we need some practice in this department). The markets are the charm and culture of Naples; a captivating experience that is not to be missed!

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