Historic markets in Catania

Historic markets in Catania

The Historic markets still in place in the city are basically  two: the so-called Fera ‘o Luni, located in piazza Carlo Alberto, and the Piscaria in piazza Alonzo di Benedetto.

Their common feature is the so called vuciata (“yelling”), a “trading yelling” in order to advertise goods or say their price, most probably heritage of a Muslim custom still alive after their domination in Sicily . The market held in piazza Carlo Alberto is commonly known as Fera ‘o Luni[], that is Monday fair.

the Pescheria has been in its current location since the beginning of the 19th century, when in 1814 the space for the fish market was found by digging the embankment of the 16th century walls. Over the time it has expanded as far as the nearby squares of piazza Alonzo di Benedetto and piazza Pardo, and it now gets to the  Marina arches in via Dusmet. Today it is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in the city, with the same smells, tastes and colours of Muslim souks, although its actual location is in the courtyard of palazzo dei Clerici and the 16th century walls. Products are those typical of the Jonic coast: sea bassesred mulletsswordfishmusselssea urchins etc.


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20 January 2015