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Mercato Ballaro, Palermo

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Mercato Ballaro, an open-air market, sells food primarily. Choose from locally-sourced fish, vegetables, meat, cheese, spices, bread, and other groceries. Watch vendors expertly cut huge fish. Once you’re finished shopping, kick back with an espresso in one of the small trattorias. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Mercato Ballaro and many more Palermo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Palermo travel itinerary maker.
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  • Characteristic for both market stalls selling local products, both for the lanes in which is articulated. But it is a somewhat degraded, is full of dirt, stray dogs ... recommended visit but you don't expect something.
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  • All Palermo guides shows that the Vucciria is the most important historical market of the city, despite so many curious tourists who remain fascinated but at the same time a little disappointed because it just has a life. In reality the old market, only left a couple of fruit bowls, some fish,... and some good pubs (pointed out some as "zia Pina" and "Enzo") and the Taverna Azzurra, frequented by local people, since it is a point of reference for many young people who come from different districts of the city, drinking low-cost so-called "Sicilian sangue" or the classic "zibibbo" night. During weekends you can dine in Piazza Caracciolo in tables of plastic, a varied range of local delicacies, including the wonderful "panelle", "crocche" or "raschiature", bread with the "milza" (cow spleen) of Rocky or the tripes of tannin, Octopus boiled, fish swordfish wrapped to the grid, we quote. If they're lucky they may attend the musical performance of Sandokan (character in the neighborhood) that is displayed on the premises of the area with a toy and his scimitar, microphone. Following the street that goes from Piazza Caracciolo up to Garraffello square you can admire the statue of the genius of Palermo and the Church of Santa Eulalia, where has the Instituto Cervantes headquarters. However, the Ballarò market is one of the oldest and largest of Palermo, with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat, fish, etc. A walk among the market stalls can be a good opportunity to explore the past of the island. The street is literally invaded by wooden crates containing the merchandise that is advertised by screaming, a song to declaim the good quality and price of products. Near the neighborhood of Santa Chiara, Ballarò represents example integration between the local dimension and the foreign citizen, especially that of black Africa. By night, not just on weekends, Ballarò square is filled with young people who chat drinking beer Forst. Since 1948, the Forst is one of the symbols of Palermo, however, to be produced in the vicinity of Bolzano and a monk who has nothing of Mediterranean appears on your label. An authentic experience that we suggest is a meal at the Bersagliere, a local Trattoria, frequented by many Palermo, which offers excellent dishes of the traditional cuisine at popular prices. We recommend: "pasta all'anciova", (anchovies) "col tritato in bianco", (meat) "pasta with le zucchine", (courgettes) "parmigiana", (aubergines) "lo spezzatino", (meat) "il bollito" (meat)... On Sunday morning from the first hours of dawn, the neighborhood turns into a huge market open where they sell antiques of all kinds (especially), televisions, pans, turntable, furniture tables, pictures, shoes, clothing, movies, music cassettes, couches, tableware, telephones, etc. If you arrive early, can be real business in the purchase of very beautiful and ancient objects. The main rule is the same as always... bargain price! And finally Il Capo market, characterised by the colours and the shouts of vendors, is the quintessential fish market, although one can find everything, as for example species. There are splendid churches, among them pointed out, the "Immacolata Concezione" characterized by spectacular frescoes, paintings and polychrome marbles. In the stalls selling fish we can find both the most common (sardines) and noble fish (tuna, swordfish). We suggest to always be alert to recognize whether or not the fish is fresh (for example the eye of the fish is a good indicator as also the gills, which should be a bright red). Entering through the gate Carini, after a hundred meters, left, a showcase presents "panelle", "crocche" and fried eggplant, this place in its interior hides also the possibility of a lunch with optimal fast and economical dishes that vary depending on the availability of the products of the season. Delicious is the black bread of Piana degli Albanesi, sold by a peddler on the main street. The street that connects the bonnet with the of the Vucciria market is very nice and shows parts of the city that is hidden, passing through corners, churches and old buildings. The street Sant'Agostino perpendicular to the street Maqueda then takes the name of street Bandiera, here takes place one of the permanent markets clothing at prices economic, of the city's largest.
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  • Mercato Ballarò is one of the most alive and authentic Palermo markets. The fruits, vegetables and meats are really cheap, and with a lot of taste. Market is very frequented mainly by locals, allowing it to soak up Palermo life.
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  • Busy, historic market. Biggest in the city. Dirty as well, but tells a lot about Palermo :)
  • Superb market to see on Palermo. If like me you like smells and colors of the fresh local produce, then this market is a real open-air theater! With the cockiness of Italian merchants in more ;-)
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  • Hearts, livers, lungs, kidneys and, as may be missing, the spleen of Palermo are located here. Overactive, ultracolorata, bombastic, is continually altered by modernity and rowdy and by recent migratory flows which will seek stand-alone trade spaces. Ballarò is constantly expanding and the Sunday one adds a kind of sprawling multiethnic flea market, which is a sight in itself.
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  • Fantastic open every day always in the morning with many stalls of all kinds where you can buy and eat local products of Palermo
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  • There are no words to describe it, I recommend getting lost in the market streets, peering into people's faces, hear the sounds of the city, watching the colors, smell the scents ...
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