Visit the Italian markets in Ventimiglia and San Remo Liguria Italy

IMG_2428-3Ventimiglia Italy

Go to Italy!

A visit to the markets of Liguria, Italy is a very popular activity especially for food lovers and bargain hunters.  Ventimiglia is just a short train ride from France and people flock over the border on market days, particularly on Friday when hundreds of stalls have something for everyone.  My friends and I love going to Italy – as soon as you leave the french border and (some of, most are nice)  grumpy french people behind you will find a happy, smiling and friendly Italian!  I know, I know it is a huge generalisation but it is TRUE!

Well pop over the border to Italy for some happy people!

The change in the temperament of the people is quite unbelievable!The Italian joie de vivre is infectious and you will soon be smiling too!  Loud and gregarious but quite mad behind a steering wheel, so take care on the roads.  They can be very excitable too and are not as keen on dogs as the french, which is annoying for my pooches Freddie and Zarya .  Although in general the dogs are welcome everywhere they are not doted on quite as much as in France.


I’m not keen on market tat and fake handbags but I do love to buy all my fruit vegetables, pasta Parmegiano cheese and all sorts of delicious foodie delights.  The main market Hall is right in the middle of town, one block over from the river.  Then find the Fish Market right at the back of the Market Hall.  The Market Hall is open every day except Sunday.

Friday is the main market day when hundreds of people descend on the town to rummage through the market stalls set up around the town.  If you are not looking specifically for their market, it is more enjoyable to go on another day.

If you go to Ventimiglia there are some wonderful little local seafood restaurants for lunch right on the beach.  Turn right before the river and drive into the lovely old town and you have 3 good seaside restaurants by the beach.  Do not forget to try a Coffee or Ice Cream, just the best in the world!

Tip: Everything shuts for lunch in Italy.  Shops close from 12.30 to 3 or 3.30pm

San Remo, Italy:

I prefer the market in San Remo.  The town is much prettier with beautiful gardens and little restaurants along the seafront.  My favourite food shops are here too!  I go to the Tuesday market.  Catch a train or drive from France.  However, if you are not going specifically for the market, non-market days are far more relaxing to walk about town and by the sea.

PicMonkey Collage-2My favourite deli in San Remo – you can’t miss it near the market

PHOTO: My favourite deli!

Say hello if you go to this Deli, with the best aged Parmesan I have ever tasted.  I buy a massive chunk and pop it in the fridge at home, it lasts for months.  Say hello if you visit, maybe they will give me a discount!

There are many plant growers in this part of Italy too and I buy some fabulous things for the garden.

italy-2San Remo town centre flower stall and food stall at the indoor market

The indoor market in San Remo is a treasure trove, keep walking up the hill and you will see it on the left hand side.  The usual fresh fruit and vegetables along side some Ligurian delicacies.


Old town in San Remo

You will love all the little clothes shops in San Remo and rummaging around in the old town before indulging in a delicious real Italian food lunch at any of the countless family run restaurants.  My favourite market day lunch is lobster spaghetti – yum!

There are so many little family run restaurants to choose from scattered through the old town.  I like to lunch near the sea and the Port and enjoy the catch of the day fish.

PHOTO; Port at San Remo

There are some nice beaches just outside the town going towards Genoa.

And now over to my collaborators Paolo and Amalia, who are a little further south in Genoa, a wonderful city and if you are there make sure not to miss the red and white museums.  They are Italian and so can give us a real Italian perspective, which is great. Hang around the World:

The markets are really interesting places where you can learn about different aspects of the city, such as: traditions, history and the smells of the city but also everyday life. It is an opportunity to get inside the city and meld with it.
Every city has its own market and Italy is full of typical markets but today we’re going to know one in particular… Mercato Orientale located in Genova.
The market is in via XX Settembre and it is housed in a large and historic structure. Entering you can already immerse yourself in the flavors and in the smells of the city, thanks to the various street food stalls that sell typical products of the city.
We tasted the delicious pinolate (almonds and pine nut cookies). Continuing the tour you can find fruit and vegetable stalls. Looking through these, we knew the preboggion a mixture of wild herbs typical of Ligurian cuisine. There are also stalls with a wide assortment of meat and fish from the Ligurian sea (such as: triglia di scoglio, orate, acciughe, pesce spada… ). We also have spotted a bakery and a fresh pasta stall that had a really inviting look. Then we had a break in a cafè always inside the market.
After this we continued our tour and we headed to a colorful exposition of plants and flowers of all kinds. Continuing in that direction we came across other stalls that sold clothing, housewares, footwear and there was also a costume jewelry store. Finished our tour we can say that we have found lots of cordiality (in fact we chatted with a sweet old lady who was at the fruit stall with us and she has revealed that what is not in the market, doesn’t exist that means that there you can find everything you need) and also organization and cheapness of the products.
If you were there we hope we have made you relive those moments, if you haven’t been there you just have to visit it and watch the market with your own eyes.
We hope you enjoyed this tour in the Genova market and we hope that it has been helpful. Bye and a big kiss to everyone – Hang Around The World



    • marie
      May 6, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      You would be in heaven Miriam! I’m still waiting for my Rhubarb to grow in England to try your recipe 🙂

  1. May 11, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I just love strolling around on markets! Charming and it makes my mouth water as well!

    • marie
      May 11, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      I know,I feel the same way! Thank you for the comment

  2. May 11, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    I can’t believe I haven’t made it to Italy yet. Friendly people, cheese, flowers, wine. It has all the ingredients to make a great vacation. It is definitely on my short list.

    • marie
      May 11, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Great clothes and shoes too, so I think you would love it!

  3. May 11, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Markets look amazing. you should have warning on the beginning of the post: dont read hungry!

  4. May 11, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    I shouldn’t have read this before lunch – these markets look so delicious!!! I love all the colours and everything looks so fresh. mmmmm

  5. May 11, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I love exploring a good market when I am overseas. The cheese, wine and fruit look amazing by the way!! Food in Italy is just great isn’t it!

    • marie
      May 11, 2016 / 9:43 pm

      It is, the real thing is totally different!

  6. May 11, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    You have definitely inspired me to go and wander and taste (your photos of San Remo have won my heart)! This all looks fantastic, and I love that you are able to just pop over and indulge your inner foodie (and pick up some lovely flowers along the way).

    • marie
      May 11, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      I’m glad you liked it Patricia, look forward to reading your blog.

  7. May 11, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    omg! All that cheese and meat! I could spend hours in markets like this. I wish they had this in every city. I’m so jealous that you spotted a fresh pasta stall. Did you buy any of it? I would die to try some of that fresh pasta.

    • marie
      May 11, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Hehe! Yes I’m vegetarian but I do eat cheese and pasta and I always buy it here, just a few miles from my french home. The best.

  8. May 12, 2016 / 2:23 am

    I can imagine all the sounds, sights and smells at the market. I also never realized how easy it is to travel from south east France to Italy.

  9. May 12, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Where were all these markets when I visited Italy. Darn, I missed so much. The old town sounds so amazing and lobster spaghetti – Yummm. I will bookmark this for when I am off for my next Euro trip and maybe try Italy again.
    Oh and would love to check out your book Nightmare Neighbours when it’s out. What’s it about?

    • marie
      May 12, 2016 / 11:10 am

      Thanks Jo! The book is a tale of lust, intrigue and murder on the Cote d’azur. I have the book deal, the plot just need to actually get down to writing it!

  10. May 12, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Markets are often the soul of a city. It’s great to get a perspective on some of Italy’s fantastic markets!

  11. May 16, 2016 / 8:17 am

    The streets of Italy looks beautiful! I love exploring markets here in the US so this is definitely something I would do. Thanks for showing me what Italy markets look like.

    • marie
      May 16, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Thank you for the lovely comment Janna!

  12. May 16, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Hi Marie,

    I love visiting markets as well for the same reason you do. You can learn a lot about the country you visit, their traditions and also you can find nice goodies to take back with you home. This Italian market looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos and your experience!


    • marie
      May 16, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely, positive comments! You made me smile 🙂

  13. February 28, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Love the markets in Italy. Was just in Bordighera last week. Hope all is well. xxoo

    • marie
      February 28, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      I really miss my market trips!

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