One of the most rewarding experiences you can have in Italy is to visit the local food markets. Each display of foods is a feast for the eyes. Various fruits are piled perfectly into pyramids or grouped into baskets. You can see baby zucchini with their flower blossoms still intact, plump red Roma tomatoes, shiny black eggplant, onions, and assorted colorful bell peppers.
An assortment of fresh fish and seafood, fragrant herbs strait from the garden, olive oil flavorful and aromatic, poultry, beef and veal, cured meats, cheeses, freshly baked bread, and locally grown produce are displayed.
The markets are lively with people who shop daily for fresh produce and plan the day’s menu around what looks, feels and smells to be in peak condition. You can do the same for a delectable picnic.
The next time you are in Italy, check out these bustling markets and enjoy the splendors of an Italian market.