More market malarky

We head deeper into the barely contained chaos that is Palermo’s Capo market.

Beset on all sides by jewel bright vegetables, slimy snails and red raw animal heads!

Note how the man looks supremely defensive on all the photos with hands securely over any valuables – markets are prime pickpocketing areas so beware.

Briefly seeking sanctuary from the hubbub on the street we dip into a serene little chapel for a few blissful moments of peace.

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Then it’s back into the commotion to check out pomegranates, saucy peppers and smoking stall holders.

As well as the street stalls there are little shops tucked into alcoves that give glimpses of the daily life of the city. Here Sicilians queue for fresh meat and cheeses.

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Further on we come across more of the fishmongers and their shiny catch. This gentleman wielded his large knives with impunity when hacking up swordfish steaks!

Here’s one of the unlucky fish in all its glory – I love all the details on the wall behind it too.

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Moving on from chopped up fishes we find more rainbow bright vegetables including all these different types of tomatoes.

At odds with his healthy stock, this stall holder puffs away on his ciggy!

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It’s just an orgy of colour and shape and sounds. I might have got snapper’s RSI!

Bearing that in mind I’ll finish up with a glut of colourful shots from the rest of Capo.

Sculptural squashes in a range of delicate oranges and greens provide a naturally pretty display.

Dried fish preserved in salt sit alongside garlic bulbs,wine and characterful stall holders.

Here’s a final look at one of the intricate religious posters that plaster the walls.

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Mercato del Capo

Moving on from the rather disappointing La Vucciria market we head onto the far more bustling and hectic Mercato del Capo.

First we walk through the textile and cloth merchants section. With every texture and hue of fabric on show it’s a colourful sight.

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I loved this little haberdashery / homeware stall with its vivid wool balls, fans and other miscellaneous items.

Everywhere you look there’s amazing details, whether it’s the weather beaten religious posters or the weather beaten stall holders!

Food comes in every colour of the rainbow, here’s a selection of reds and greens. Tasty!

Then you head across to the somewhat gruesome fish mongers with their heaps of shiny fish, slippery squid and beady eyed prawns.

Sicilian men pass the time with good natured squabbles and occasionally passionate outbursts!

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Every stall is a fascinating spread of everything needed for home cooked meals. Here’s a nut, seed and jam stall.

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Vivid bunches of peppers are temptingly displayed along with mountains of produce.

A young stall holder takes a break from selling everything from bottled water to cheeses.

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Finally here’s another look at the bright little chilli peppers that can be found on many stalls.

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Lots more pictures to come of this fascinating old market.

La Vucciria

Palermo’s oldest street market is La Vucciria, which translates to ‘voices’ or ‘hubbub’.

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It’s based in the side streets around Piazza San Domenico and it is Palermo’s most established outdoor market.

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These days it is a somewhat faded and shrunken version of itself and we didn’t stay long. Just long enough to snap some of the street art.

The few stalls that still trade the somewhat shabby and dark alleyways set up early.

However we found other street markets in Palermo to be far more bustling, extensive and photogenic so if you’re pushed for time I’d say skip this market.

Try the far more busy Ballarò and Capo markets to get a real feel for the traditional beating heart of Palermo’s street markets.

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