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“La Vucciria: A Memorable Place of Cinematic Atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
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La Vucciria
Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #91 of 154 attractions in Palermo
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: You can find just about anything here at Palermo's busy street market.
New York City, New York
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“La Vucciria: A Memorable Place of Cinematic Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Talk about historic ambiance; La Vuccurua can be for some Sicily's response to Bogart's Casablanca, to Tangiers' Casbah, to Ali Baba's Den, a place where Eliot Ness might have driven up in an army of steel plated trucks, or less melodramatically, an atmospheric ancient market to grab a great patchwork meal or the makings for one to bring home. It's a little like Washington, D.C. Stick to the right paths and all will be ok, probably. What's the right path? Certainly numbers help, especially for women. Be subdued in appearance, and most of what's worth seeing and doing doesn't necessitate the sun having gone down.

To get a taste of a particularly vibrant and edgy undercurrent of the Italian south, one can go alternately to hidden corners of Naples as the only natural and reliable rival for the atmosphere found in La Vuccurua. This is the adventurous kind of place one relishes telling neighbors of for a very long time.

Visited October 2012
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“Odds and Ends”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Quirky old street with all sorts of stalls. Not in same class as Ballaro market for food but there's a brilliant knife sharpener with a little shop in the middle. Don't miss it, but don't take it seriously.

Visited June 2012
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Valletta, Malta
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“Scruffy, dirty streets”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I like local color but this is just crumbling, graffiti-covered buildings and a few stalls selling tat imported from Asia.

Visited April 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Better markets nearby”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Area is run down and dirty and the market itself is half tat and have fresh produce. Ballaro, 10 mins away is much better. Stallholders can be rude - be courteous but firm with them. They don't let you handle produce - the whole point of a street market, right? If you are a foodie, I'd recommend eating elsewhere for quality and service.

Visited October 2012
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“An assault on the senses ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

The market is an early affair. Huge selection of fish and veg and meats of every cut and wonderful Sicilian delicacies and treats. Near the opera house but winding around not a grand piazza - all the more fascinating for that. Guttuso really caught the spirit of it in his famous painting. Life affirming. Go! 

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