Vegetable markets in Viterbo
by Isabelle Tobe – USAC Intern
What is more Italian than taking a walk up to a local, open-air vegetable market? Small, outdoor, produce markets are a vital part of Italian living. One of Viterbo’s best and most frequently open markets is the vegetable market held in Piazza San Faustino.
Each morning, not including Monday’s and Sunday’s, local farmers from around the Tuscia area offer fresh produce, meat, fish, and cheese. The market runs from seven am to one pm. It is advised to come in the earlier hours, as some items sell fast. Eggs tend to sell especially fast.
The fruit and vegetable selection includes dark green bell peppers, ripe bananas, and furry, white vegetables that go by the name of “zucca spina.” Locally made jams, preserves, and spices are also sold. Prices are affordable. For fruits and vegetables, I have found the prices at the San Faustino vegetable market comparable to, if not cheaper than those in other stores around the area.
Rain or sunshine, the market is always open. If you’re looking for fresh ingredients to cook up an authentic Italian meal, or fresh piece of fruit to snack on as you stroll around the city, take a trip up to the San Faustino vegetable market!0