Padua Food Market Tour

 

Discover the history of one of the most famous Italian food markets.

 

Visit Padua's Food Markets with a chef and food writer. Shop for veggies, fruits, cheese, pastries, and produce like a real Italian.

 

 

Enjoy Padua with Us! A Fantastic Food Tour Market in the Center of Padua!

Padua is one of the most important cultural and economical cities in the northern Italy.

According to the legend, Padua was founded about 1183 b.C.

 

 

Padua

 

 

Padua (in Italian Padova) is home to the oldest Botanical Garden "Orto Botanico" in the world and the second oldest universities in Italy after Bologna.

Here Galileo Galilei taught mathematics and here in 1595 Girolamo Fabrici of Acquapendente built the first permanent anatomical theatre in the world, where during lectures at the Medicine University, professors and dozens of students observed the dissection of human cadavers.

But in the city of "The Taming of the Shrew" (yes Padua is the set of this famous Shakespeare's Play) you can find one of the most important food markets in Europe.

During the XIII century, when Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Frutti became the center of the commercial and political life of the city, a market was established here.

 

 

Padua

 

 

Padua’s food markets — here for more than 800 years — is wholesale most of the week, but Fridays through Saturdays they delight foodie lovers with their abundance of authentic foods from suppliers throughout the Veneto region and Italy, from the choicest extra virgin olive oils and lotf of Italian cheeses to a large varieties of vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, wines.

So it is the oldest and one of most dynamic food markets in Italy and in Europe.

 

 

If you love to explore food markets, this is an unmissable experience.

With us you can learn about the food history, that make Padua's medieval food market so unique: a foodie heaven.

 

 

Padua

 

 

Padua's Food Market offer a little bit of everything, from fresh veggies and fruits, to grains, rice, beans or chickpea, fresh oregano and spices or honey, to salamis and prosciutto, to cheese and meat or fish.

You will enjoy the colors, the smells, the food, the cheeses, the veggies and fruits diplayed like artworks, the vendors - who maybe don't speak Italian but would help you with their typical Italian gesture in finding from the best cheese or the best prosciutto, to the freshest strawberries or the freshiest fish, to the most wine!

 

When you arrive in Piazza delle Erbe you can visit the "Palazzo della Ragione" and its fabulous "Salone" (=Hall) with ancient frescoes of 15th century.

At the ground floor - in Italian "Sotto il Salone (below the Hall)" you can see one of the most authentic indoor food market in the world.

 

 

Padua Market

 

 

Situated on the ground floor of Palazzo della Ragione, the indoor food market is divided in two lines running along the building.

Here you can see the oldest indoor food market in the world with fantastic cheesemongers, prosciutto shops, old butcheries, fishmongers and much more.

 

Outdoor other three markets: a feast for the eyes!

Between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Frutti there is the 'Volto della Corda' (Rope Vault). All merchants surprised cheating were tied by their wrists, lifted up to 3 meters high and then dropped.

Just there you can see some carvings (dated 1277): old units of measurement ("copo" for flour, "staro" for grains, "quarelo" for bricks, and "brazzo" for fabrics), used to have a point of reference, necessary to avoid discrepances during negotiations. This corner is therefore still called 'Canton delle Busie' (Corner of Lies).

 

 

Padua

Food Tour Market

 

 

And one of the last things: Padua is the city where the Aperol Spritz was born!

Read the interesting article in 'Travel Leisure'

 

 

Padua Aperol Spritz

 

 

One cannot forget these food markets. This is the real Padua, take it slow and check everything out.

Exploring the Culture of Italian Food Markets in Padua.

Open from 8am to 1:30 pm, the markets are full of fruits, veggies, cheeses, meat, fish, wines, prosciutto, salami, with all the sights, sounds and smells you would expect from an open air and indoor Italian market.

 

 

Location: Veneto region - Padua - Italy

 

 

Food Tour Market

 

 

Why Should You Take a Food Market Tour?

• With a food market tour you will learn about a city or about our country Italy through its local farm to table ingredients;

• We will give you a lot of interesting stories that will enrich your experience;

• You will experience the finest and freshest local delicacies;

• You will learn a lot about certain food or veggies or fruits and when they are in season and when they are good for cooking;

• You will discover the food history;

• We will give you a complete overview of the meaning of a food market in Italy.

 

 

The Food Markets: Sotto il Salone, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Frutti are the oldest food markets in the world (1218-2018). Visit the best food markets in the world.

Street Food and Padua Markets: a nice assault on the senses with smells coming from the Italian cheeses (provolone, parmigiano reggiano, gorgonzola, burrata, pecorino romano, ricotta....) and Italian cured meats (Prosciutto, Salami, Soppressa, Mortadella DOP, Bresaola DOP, Pancetta, Guanciale....) to fruit, from the spices to vegetables.

Book a Food Tour Market Padua

Piazza delle Erbe

 

 

Every day feel like a local (from Monday to Saturday)

Visit four of the most ancient public markets in the world: Padua's markets.

Walk through the traveling markets - Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Frutti, and Piazza dei Signori three open-air markets, and "sotto il Salone", a special marvellous covered market - to see many colours, smells and vegetable and fruit variety.

In Padua you can find a great place about seasonal fruits, vegetables, cereals, seeds, salads and herbs, cheese and salami, sausages and meat.

At the end enjoy a wine tasting or Aperol Spritz or a delicious cappuccino with Italian pastries in a traditional wine bar osteria 'sotto al Salone'!!

At the end of the food tour, you can take a cooking class with Mama Isa. Everything you will taste is "Made in Italy".

Padua Piazza delle Erbe and Palazzo della Ragione Food Market Tour with Mama Isa

The market's tour is also a fun way to shop! And you're likely to be able to find something a bit different for an original present or for an Italian souvenir: why not to purchase a kilo of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or Prosciutto Crudo di Parma or Soppressa Veneta or Asiago cheese or......... 

 

Padua Food Market Tour: book a food tour now

Padua Food Market Tour: book a food tour now

 

 

A great market tour for people who have a love of Italian Food and an great interest in learning more about Italian Culture. Remember we offer Food Market Tour in Padua for small groups (max. 8 people).

 

Padua Food Tours: a MUST try!

Padua FOOD MARKET (for a minimum of 2 guests, max 8)

(Only from Monday to Saturday all year round)

 

 

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Food Market Padua

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Food Market Padua

Food Market Padua