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  • Address: Via Ballaro, Palermo, Italy
  • Hours: Open Mon, Tues and Thurs-Sat early morning to 7:00 or 8:00pm; Weds early morning to 1:00 or 2:00pm; closed Sun.

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Ballarò Street Market (Mercato Ballarò) Tours

If you are looking to immerse yourself in the local culture of Palermo, Italy, the Ballaro Street Market is the place to go. As the city’s busiest street market and one of the most entertaining markets in Europe, Ballaro also provides a glimpse into Palermo’s past as a major commercial center and port. Said to be more than 1,000 years old, the market winds through the narrow medieval streets surrounding the Plaza Carmine in the Albergheria quarter of Palermo. While it is primarily a food market, it is also a great place to buy inexpensive clothing and other goods. Listen for vendors speaking a local dialect similar to Arabic and try to grab some food samples. Or, learn even more about Sicilian food by combining a walking tour of the market with a Sicilian cooking class.

Practical Info

The Ballaro Market occupies the streets from the Piazza Ballaro near the Church of San Nicolo, along the Via Ballaro past the Piazza Carmine toward Corso Tukory. It is somewhat parallel to the Via Maqueda, which runs to toward the main train station in Palermo.

To get to the general area of the market, take bus 109, 234 or 246 to the Porta S.  Agata stop on Corso Tukory (south of the market) or the ARANC bus to Maqueda – Palazzo Comitini or Maqueda – San Antonino (east of the market).

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Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food, Palermo, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Enjoy and taste the street food in the old markets of Palermo observing people, products, colors and characters from another time. The smells and the flavors ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.60
Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo, Palermo, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Walking through the wonders of the historic center of Palermo to take in the scents and colors of the old markets is a fantastic experience. Observe places and ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.29
Old City and Downtown Palermo Bike Tour, Palermo, Walking Tours
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Old City and Downtown Palermo Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Experience an amazing bike tour across the main squares and street markets of the city center that allows you to discover Palermo off the beaten paths.

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.74

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