Weekly markets on Lake Maggiore
Shopping & Enjoyment at the weekly markets on Lago
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Weekly markets on Lake Maggiore
The Italian markets are known worldwide. While in the past they mainly served to supply the locals with all the essentials, today the weekly markets on Lake Maggiore are also a major tourist attraction. Anyone visiting Lake Maggiore should not miss out on a visit to the market. The smells and impressions are hard to describe and absolutely worth seeing.
Weekly market in Luino
One of these large weekly markets takes place every Wednesday in Luino, a small town on the Italian side of Lake Maggiore. The market in Luino is the largest weekly market on Lake Maggiore. Almost the entire part of Luino facing the lake is transformed into a huge weekly market with hundreds of stalls. The cafés in the city center invite you to simply watch the hustle and bustle over a cozy coffee.
Weekly market in Cannobio
On Sundays there is a similar, slightly smaller market in Cannobio, also on the Italian side of Lake Lago. The weekly market in Cannobio is probably the most beautiful on the whole of Lake Maggiore: the entire lakeside promenade of Cannobio is transformed into a large market square on Sundays. Food vendors sell fresh Italian specialties in the parking lot of Lido Cannobio. Meat and sausage products, cheese, pasta, fruit and vegetables and also sweets (“dolci”) can be found there. On the promenade you will mainly find clothing and leather goods.
Weekly market in Intra / Verbania
On Saturdays there is a market in Intra / Verbania, it is almost as big as the one in Luino, but usually not as crowded. Here, too, a large part of the city center is transformed into a huge marketplace. The large parking lot in the city center mainly houses the food stalls, while the clothing vendors are spread across several streets in the old town. The great advantage of the weekly market in Verbania / Intra: even in the height of summer, you can often find a parking space there and, due to its spaciousness, this market is not quite as crowded as the markets in Cannobio and Luino.
Tips for visiting a weekly market on Lake Maggiore
Luino as well as Cannobio and Intra can be reached by car, which is less pleasant, especially in summer, because the roads are usually very crowded and parking spaces in the small villages are scarce anyway. The easiest place to find a parking lot is in Verbania / Intra, but even here you should plan for a somewhat longer walk. Depending on where you stay, you can also arrive by boat, all these places are accessible by public boat line. Luino is also served by a cab boat from Cannobio on Wednesdays, which is definitely the easiest and most time-saving option for guests of the Lakeview Camping Resort.
The cab boat takes less than half an hour from Cannobio to Luino, takes you back at fixed times and is also not as crowded as the scheduled boat in the high season. No matter which boat you choose, you can combine the market day with a boat trip across Lake Maggiore on the crossing to Cannobio, which is an additional fun excursion, especially for children. Neither the cab boat nor the scheduled boats are particularly expensive anyway, only the lugging of the extensive purchases at the weekly markets on Lake Maggiore leads to a somewhat more arduous journey home.
Lakeview guests can easily reach the weekly market in Cannobio by “Bimmelbahn”, which picks our guests up in the morning and brings them back at lunchtime. This trip is also a special vacation experience, especially for children.
From clothing to household items, shoes and leather goods to original Italian food – ham, cheese, oil, fruits and vegetables, you will find everything your heart desires at the Italian weekly markets. Be sure to visit the market in Intra, Cannobio or Luino to taste the food offered by the vendors, it’s worth it! And: compare prices, especially with food such as cheese, ham, salami there are often big differences. For high-end and expensive items such as leather jackets (which are usually of excellent quality and often attractively priced!), be sure to negotiate the price. What you will be quoted first is usually the tourist price, there is usually a lot of leeway here. At the latest when you refuse the purchase and want to go further, the sellers usually adjust the price again significantly.
When visiting the weekly markets on Lake Maggiore, especially at the height of summer, remember to take plenty of water with you. Although the market stalls offer some shade, it often gets very hot. Please also make sure to store valuables safely. Although we are not aware that the weekly markets on Lake Maggiore are a particular focus of thefts, many people in a confined space naturally invite pickpockets.
The markets in Intra, Cannobio and Luino offer a variety of clothing and leather goods as well as Italian specialties, fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious antipasti, local ham and cheese and a wide selection of wines and oils. A visit to these markets is definitely worth it!
Cannobio market: Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Market in Cannero: Friday from 8.00 to 12.00
Verbania / Intra: Saturday 9.00 to 16.00 hrs
Pallanza market: Friday from 8.00 to 12.00
Market in Baveno: Monday 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Market in Stresa: Friday 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Market in Arona: Tuesday 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Market in Laveno: Tuesday 9 am to 12 pm
Market in Luino: Wednesday 9.00 to 16.00