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Explore the Markets in Genoa: tradition and authentic flavors

Genoa is a city steeped in history and tradition, which can be explored by visiting the lively neighborhood markets that dot its cityscape. These markets are not just places of commerce, but true custodians of Genoa's food and wine culture.

The covered markets, witnesses to a tradition rooted in the 20th century, are authentic treasures scattered in various parts of the city, attracting travelers from every corner of the globe. In this exploration, we will dive into three must-see destinations: the Mercato Orientale, the Piazza Sarzano market, and the Piazza Statuto market. Places where the roots of Genoese tradition are intertwined with daily life, offering an authentic experience of Genoese life.

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Scopri i mercati di Genova
Discover the markets of Genoa

The Oriental Market

The Mercato Orientale, the beating heart of Genoese life, has a history that is intertwined with the city itself. Opened in 1899, this market is located halfway down Via XX Settembre, one of the city's main shopping streets. Its importance is evidenced by its recent redevelopment, which has breathed new life into this place steeped in history. With about 80 stalls offering a variety of goods, from fish to poultry, spices to PDO oil, the Oriental Market is a unique sensory experience.

Although its name may suggest an exotic atmosphere, the Oriental Market owes its appellation to its location relative to the city center. Developed in the 19th century, the area was given a new neighborhood, marking the beginning of a complex eastward expansion. Today, the market, with its iconic glass structure, represents a blend of tradition and modernity. The upper floor, called MOG, is now a food court where you can sample not only traditional flavors but also explore cuisines from other countries. Perfect for a quick lunch, an aperitif, or even dinner with friends.

The Market in Sarzano Square

The food and wine heart of Genoa does not stop at the Mercato Orientale. Two smaller but equally fascinating gems are the market in Piazza Sarzano and the market in Piazza Statuto, each with its own unique Art Nouveau imprint.

The Piazza Sarzano market, overlooking a stone's throw from the Sant'Agostino complex, opened its doors in 2013, although an open-air market already existed on site. Its Art Nouveau architecture catches the eye, giving the place a vibrant and typically Genoese atmosphere. Here, far from the hustle and bustle of tourist spots, it is possible to immerse oneself in the daily life of Genoa, exploring stalls of high-quality products and breathing in the authenticity that characterizes this market.

Mercati di Genova: una tradizione lunga decenni
Genoa markets: a decades-long tradition

The Market in Statuto Square

Similarly, the market in Piazza Statuto, which dates back to 1921 and covers 270 square meters, is an authentic stop for those exploring the Old Port and the alleys of the historic center. Its presence is a draw for lovers of tradition and food and wine. The recent decision to entrust the management of the market to private individuals for the next 30 years opens new perspectives, promoting the continuity of tradition while experimenting with new forms of management.


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