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Review of Mercato Ballaro

Mercato Ballaro
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

A very long street lined up with stalls selling all the local produces, fish sea food, meats, cheeses and fruits. Colourful and fun, go before 2pm, although many stalls are opened after 2.

Visited January 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Autentic and local.”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

To stroll through this market gives one a wonderful, authentic and local feeling, which is one of the things i allways strive to find, when i travel. Here you defintely get it all.
It's loud, caotic, colourful and just an experience not to miss.

Visited December 2012
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Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“real sicily in action”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

The Ballaro market was a few blocks inland from our B&B. Personally, I like visiting markets in foreign countries to see people going about their lives--I regard it as a way to balance the impression generated by the formal tourist attractions. The Ballaro market did not disappoint. It very interesting to see the various fresh produce and fish for sale, including calamari and cuttlefish and large swordfish laying on beds of ice. Also, observing the posted prices was interesting. For example, bananas ranged from 0.80 to 1.20 euro per kilogram, which converts to about 0.50 US dollars per pound to about 75 cents per pound.

Visited December 2012
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Charlotte, NC
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206 reviews
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“Nice example of Italian Market”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

We visited market while in Palermo. Our tour group was taking overnight ferry from Palermo to Naples and we purchased items (bread, cheese, salamis, vegetables and of course wine) to have a meal for the trip. A very nice example of Italian markets that weave through streets and the variety of food and goods they offer. We even encountered a bride and groom coming out of a church.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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220 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Always worth a visit to enjoy the chaos”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

In my (humble) opinion the best market to visit as a tourist in Palermo although our hostess shops at and swears by Capo

Visited December 2012
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