When I first started spending time on the Amalfi Coast years ago, I wondered often about where the locals bought certain things, such as plants or any number of household items from sheets to slippers. All those questions were answered the first time I visited the mercato, or market, in Amalfi. Every Wednesday morning trucks arrive in town and set up stalls selling just about everything you can imagine – shoes, clothing, kitchen supplies, fabrics, fish, fruits and vegetables, olives and, yes, even slippers!

Market Day in Amalfi

Anyone who has ever hiked up to the market in Amalfi, which was located way at the top of the town, will remember the walk. Just when you thought you’d never get there, you’d see a truck selling mozzarella cheese and then the first stalls set up around the next curve in the road. While I was in America last month, an old building near the market area collapsed, and the market was temporarily moved to the long parking area behind Amalfi’s port where it was located many years ago. The area at the top of town has yet to be cleared for the market again, so for the time being it will be held in the parking area in Amalfi.

Market Stalls in Amalfi

For visitors to the market, this is a nice change! Before the stalls were located in a narrow road where cars and scooters had to squeeze past shoppers. I’ve been bumped by a car before when I couldn’t move out of the way in the tight space fast enough. Now you can walk along the stalls peacefully, without having to worry about being run over. Always nice!

Market in Amalfi

The market is now located in the part of town that the Amalfitans refer to as “dietro al porto,” which means “behind the port.” This large pier is what defines the harbor of Amalfi, and it’s also one of the favorite spots for a passeggiata, or walk, in Amalfi. So now on Wednesday mornings you can enjoy a stroll along the port while doing your weekly shopping!

Market at the Port of Amalfi

Weekly markets like the one in Amalfi take place in different towns along the Amalfi Coast. On Tuesday mornings you’ll find the mercato in Ravello located in the two level parking area below Piazza Duomo. On Thursday mornings the market in Minori is set up along the waterfront. The largest weekly market on the Amalfi Coast takes place in Maiori on Friday mornings, and can be found by following the main road called the Corso Regina toward the top of town. The markets are generally set up by 8am and close down by 1pm. Even if you don’t find anything you need to take home with you, visiting the mercato is a great way to experience a bit of daily life on the Amalfi Coast.

  • Sandra

    Wonderful pictures and descriptions…I feel like I am almost there. Missing Amalfi and you! Thanks for sharing Market day. It was my most favorite thing to do on Wednesdays.

    April 20, 2011
  • It looks so strange to see Amalfi Market set up on the pier!

    April 20, 2011
  • nicki

    Abd on Monday mornings its in Piano di Sorrento!

    April 20, 2011
  • Looks a superb place for a market ..:-) yep love a good market too.

    April 20, 2011
  • Mike

    Having just visited Amalfi I have to say it’s more beautiful than your pictures. We did purchase some very nice ceramics from one of the studios there, but did wonder where locals purchased everyday needs. Now we know!

    I also understand now why standing where motor traffic is can be a little dangerous. 8>)

    April 25, 2011
  • Mike

    Hi, we ( My wife, 10 year old boy and I) have enjoyed a great few days in Amalfi. But today (Saturday, April 30th) it’s raining! Any ideas what we could do? Heading home (Dublin, Ireland) tomorrow…


    April 30, 2011
  • suresh

    Hello laura,
    could you please let me know what time and day market is held in different towns in amalfi coat?
    Also is there a walking tour or guide available for amalfi coast.we are going on june 10th to minori.
    any advise or suggestion you can give us is very much appreciated.
    many thanks.

    June 3, 2011
  • This is great! A much more charming experience even when you don’t buy anything. Fighting the scooters was not fun!

    January 16, 2012
  • Nicole

    Are the markets open year round? I will be in Amalfi in mid-February.

    February 6, 2012
  • rose liberatore

    interesting events in Amalfi I am planning to visit soon with husband and niece in june as we are interested in Gregorian chanting is there such a venue that might hold something like this in one of the churches please let me know X rose

    March 4, 2012
  • Vicki Wickliffe

    Thanks for sharing information on weekly markets in various towns and places to go in Amalfi on a rainy day. I am really looking forward to my two weeks in Atrani in April.

    March 9, 2012

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