Last Sunday we went to the market in Rubianello, a small valley town about 5k from Petritoli. The sun was shining and I wanted to buy another pair of cheap comfy trousers to keep me going until the summer comes at which point I can’t bear to wear anything but a loose fitting lightweight dress.

The market people travel from place to place so you often see the same stalls in different towns. The stalls are varied; don’t think food with tempting pastries, pasta and other delights. These markets are functional, mostly clothes, household items, fruit and vegetables, flowers, shoes, haberdashery.

It’s a time for all the locals to passeggiare stroll and chattare chat to friends, take a coffee and browse the stalls. There’s lots of laughter and of course a great deal of gesticulating. It often seems when the Italians speak that they are in the throws of a massive argument as voices are raised and hands fly in every direction but usually it’s friendly banter, probably about football or husbands.

We bumped into a couple of people we know and did our own bit of chatting and we saw ‘our honey man’ from Petritoli. His small table was heavy with boxes of miele in favo honeycomb, several jars of different varieties of miele, honey, also beeswax and small jars of pollen. I’m not at all sure what you’re supposed to do with pollen it looks like a jar of Dijon mustard.

We wandered over to the fruit and vegetable stall as I spied some rather delicious looking strawberries from Sicily. They were only €1 a punnet. The stallholder then cajoled us into buying some red oranges; actually, he cajoled The Man as I am never easily persuaded to part with my money. It always seems when The Man comes shopping we spend twice as much and come home with too many treats!


The flowers looked fantastic, so many bright colours, mostly pansies and primulas but there were a few early geraniums. We bought half a dozen daisy things to put in the pots outside the front door. It cheers up the place so much and it really feels as though Spring has arrived!


Markets in Italy are well supported by vendors and buyers, I hope they continue to thrive even though there are now more out of town hypermarkets opening up. I love strolling down to our local market twice a month, chatting with locals, buying my honey and taking a coffee or two. It’s a great pace of life here in Le Marche. No hurry, there’s always tomorrow.

NOTE: I haven’t blogged for over two weeks…my ribs have been hurting, they’re much better now but that’s not the only reason I haven’t posted a blog. I am inundated with emails telling me that there is a [New post] from Bladiblabla – blog or whatagreatwriterIam – blog…Sometimes as many as three times a week! I think if you post too many times people get turned off but maybe I’m just jealous because I don’t seem to be able to blog regularly even once a week and on occasion not even once a month! Oh, It’s Wednesday again so teaching this afternoon, better put a bottle of wine in the fridge to cool ready for when I get back. 🙂

Delicious oranges and strawberries
Delicious oranges and strawberries

5 thoughts on “Markets

  1. mmmmmh! all that fruit and veg AND loose fitting clothes – maybe Spring has really sprung already!
    can’t wait!!
    PS spare ribs anyone?

  2. Ninette, thanks for your lovely description of the Italian market – I was almost there! (would make a great setting for a story…). Forgot to say before, (I did read your last post!) sorry to hear about your cracked ribs. Ouch! Glad they’re on the mend. And yes, I am inclined to agree with you about the blog posts..! When I first started my blog, full of enthusiasm as I was, I sometimes used to post 3 times a week, and, looking back, that was probably too much! Most of the blogs that I enjoy only post once a week or (like you!) sometimes less but as I enjoy them, I don’t mind the wait! I don’t usually manage more than once or twice a week now but I must admit, if I let a week go by (and they do, so fast!), then I feel very guilty! Which is really stupid. I’m sure my blog ‘followers’ have all got better things to do than wonder about the whereabouts of my next post!

    1. I love your blog posts Helen, lots of great information and there are many other blog posts I look forward to reading including my daughter’s (hope she likes the plug!) I just get fed up with too many posts coming through on email, it’s the same with Facebook and Twitter…too much and I stop following.

    2. I don’t (till now) get email reminders of your posts and was sorry that I’d missed this one. So don’t worry, just keep on posting. If people don’t want e-mail reminders they can just turn them off! I don’t post nearly enough, because in winter in England Le Marche seems so far away.

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