The outdoor markets (Mon-Sat) in the twin Piazza delle Erbe (for fresh produce) and Piazza della Frutta (dry goods) that flank the enormous Palazzo della Ragione are some of Italy's best. The third Sunday of every month sees the area of the Prato della Valle inundated by more than 200 antiques and collectibles dealers, one of the largest antiques and collectibles fairs in the region. Only early birds will beat the large number of local dealers to the worm.

A less important street market is the weekly Saturday outdoor market of nonantique goods in the Prato della Valle, selling clothes, pet food, household goods -- nothing fascinating, but an interesting peek into local life and a good place to pick up kitchen items to re-create your own cucina italiana back home. It has a number of inexpensive shoe stands hawking goods from the many factories for which the nearby Brenta Canal area has long been renowned. Both the antiques fair and this weekly market will give you a reason to visit the 18th-century Prato della Valle, said to be one of the largest piazzas in Europe. Located just southwest of the Basilica di Sant'Antonio, it is ringed by a canal and populated by more than 80 statues.

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