Focusing on Home to Italy I often neglect to share how I solo travel in Italy 30 days or more every year when possible.
|photo is from the website listed below|
And every year I learn more about the places I as a solo traveler can spend the day or a few hours and blend into the crowd.
Weekend markets are a GREAT place to meet or just watch the residents of a town or city. There is so much to be learned from the items they sell at antique, food or even our equivalent to a garage sale. Along with a trip to the super mercato I often have some understanding of day to day life or at least a list of questions to try to answer before I leave.
Lesley who has co owns Villa Magnolia Puglia
http://www.villamagnoliaitaly.com, mentioned that she visits a market EVERY week and shared a wonderful web site with me that lists ALL the markets throughout Italy! I am in heaven. http://www.lamescolanza.com/mercatini/puglia.htm.
Before my next trip Home to Italy, I will print out a list of all the markets in the towns I plan to visit.
Leslie also tells me how to negotiate in Italy:
Inside and outside Villa Magnolia I can see in her on line photos some of the treasures she has found in those markets.