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“A Nice Experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Mercato del Capo

Mercato del Capo
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Palermo City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #38 of 323 things to do in Palermo
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Charleston, West Virginia
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“A Nice Experience”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

After visiting some of the prominent buildings in town we wanted to pick up a few things for the evening. Our local guide took us to her favorite market, the Capo. It was fairly busy and we really enjoyed walking through the many shops. We picked up wine, cheese, bread, nuts, olives and others items. There were also stalls with fish, lots of fresh fruit, flowers, scarves and much, much more.

The market is small enough that you can shop and walk through it in less than an hour. This is a good part of the overall experience, and worth visiting.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“A real living market”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is where the locals shop, according to our landlady in Palermo, so we did the same. Bought excellent fresh produce at very reasonable prices and enjoyed it together with a bottle of local wine. The churches in the market are worth visiting too.

Visited October 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Best market in Palermo”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We passed through this market in our way to the cathedral and the cappella palatina. After visiting the 2 more famous (Ballaró & Vucciria), definitely Capo Market is the best! Worth the visit!

Visited March 2013
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Bean Station, Tennessee
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“Lovely experience”
Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

Enjoyed shopping with the locals and truly experiencing a taste of Palermo! It's a must to visit while in Palermo.

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North Nowra, Australia
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“stay near, live near”
Reviewed February 15, 2012

We were able to find an apartment, using www.homelidays.it which was two floors up and with a balcony over the Mercato di Capo. And back windows looking through still not restored bombardment damage from WWII and beyond to the forecourt of the Ministry of Justice and the monument to the investigating magistrates assassinated in the war on the Mafia... though in the market below, we had stall holder assurance that still they have to pay the mafia to be there.

But this is a blink in history, this market was the Arab market before the Normans arrived around the time they conquered the English. And this market has every kind of local food. Without question, if you want to begin to understand any place in Italy, start with the eating the locals do, not the places where they feed tourists.

Expect here as in much of provincial Italy, that English is negligible. Also expect, if you think you speak Italian, that you and the Palermitano will both most likely be speaking foreign.

Do not do foolish and risky and provocative things (including in women's dress), perhaps do not come to Palermo in the crowded tourist seasons (too hot for me anyway, certainly not with money slung over your shoulder in any form. "Sta attento!" as old and concerned locals kept saying to us. But we did not feel threatened at all and by doing our best to fit in and be friendly this was an excellent base from which to see the city.

The city is not easy initially to find your way around, certainly not when you have a virus as I had, but when you get the hang of the geography and the bus system, all will flow for you... and you will find it an excellent place to visit and learn.

Visited March 2011
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