Torino, the capital of the Piemonte region in the northwest of Italy, is famous for his chocolate, sports cars and shopping.
In Torino you can find 42 open-air markets and 6 covered markets in which to look around, discover items from the past, become immersed in colours, fragrances, sounds from different cultures. Visiting a market means make a journey into the city's most authentic spirit, amongst the stalls of the most famous regional markets. The largest in Europe or the famous one for cheap signatures, one specializing in products from the south Italy, the open-air supermarket and the most chic.
The most important market of Torino is Porta Palazzo Market. It is not celebrated as the market of Porta Portese in Roma, or stylish as Portobello Road in London, but Porta Palazzo has everything it needs to be called a record-breaking market. With its 50 thousand square meters of space, its 1000 stalls and the 100,000 thousand people that hosts every day, the area close to Piazza della Repubblica has all the numbers to be considered the largest in Europe.
If you really want to understand the soul of the city, a visit to the Porta Palazzo market is essential, because just there you can find both the past of the city and its present. On one side the shops and stalls run by Italian traders, on the other side the dozens of other realities run by the new Torinese class coming from different foreign countries, which in Torino has found home and integration. The perfect combination of fresh fish from the fish market and spices from all over the world are proof of how cosmopolitan and open Torino is. A lesson to be imitated.
But for a tourist who wants to learn more about this particular characteristic of Turin, it would be a shame to stop there. The city hides indeed a series of other markets in which enthusiasts of all kinds of goods can immerse themselves and give vent to their desire for low cost shopping.
The "Oltremercato" market, TorinoPiazza Palazzo di Città, 10122 Torino TO, Italy
The Porta Palazzo market, TorinoPiazza della Repubblica, Torino TO, Italy
The Martini - Benefica market, TorinoVia Benefica, 10044 Pianezza TO, Italy
The Libro ritrovato market, TorinoPiazza Carlo Felice, Torino TO, Italy
The Balon and Gran Balon markets, TorinoVia Borgo Dora, 10152 Torino TO, Italy
The Vintage della Gran Madre market, TorinoPiazza Gran Madre di Dio, Torino TO, Italy
The Crocetta market, TorinoCorso Alcide De Gasperi, 10129 Torino TO, Italy
The Santa Rita market, TorinoCorso Sebastopoli, Torino TO, Italy
Extravaganza market, TorinoPiazza Carlo Alberto, 10123 Torino TO, Italy
Eataly, TorinoVia Nizza, 230/14, 10126 Torino TO, Italy
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