Italian Market : Porta Nolana in Naples

Get ready to discover one of the most picturesque Italian Market : Porta Nolana in Naples!


nolanaJust a few blocks north of the port, close to Piazza Nolana,  you’ll find Naples best seafood market. You cannot miss this Italian market, Porta Nolana, above all if you don’t mind crowds, chaos and confusion.

Porta Nolana market is rarely frequented by tourists, and  is where locals use to go in search of ingredients for their daily meals that are very rich in seafood.

Try to imagine: clams, mussels and oysters, shrimp, squid and octopus, sea bass and sword fish, anchovies and sardines; his majesty the  baccalà – salted cod and Capitone –  (used above all for the traditional Neapolitan Christmas Eve dinner) and everything in between, plucked fresh out of the sea.

You can find also  many other stuffs in this lovely market. Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, breads and desserts, and grocery items round out the market’s offerings.

Mercato di Porta Nolana is Naples’ most chaotic and full of life point of view. It  is a realistic and heady street market where yelling fishmongers and singing greengrocers collide with fragrant delis and bakeries, industrious Chinese traders and contraband cigarette stalls. 

porta nolanaPorta Nolana is the remnant of one of the medieval city gates in Naples. It takes its name from the road that lead to Nola. It has  two cylindrical towers,  named Faith and Hope, which support an arch decorated with a bas-relief of Ferdinand I of Aragon on horseback.

The gate was built in the 15th century by the Spanish authorities to contain the growing city, and replace the interior gate of the district of Forcella, also known as del Cannavaro. Under the watchful eye of the two towers that once stood guard over the ancient port entrance to the city, you’ll find the most interesting view of an Italian market


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