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MercatiGenerali

Neighbourhood: Borgo-Sanzio
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Address: Strada Statale 417 km 69, 95121 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 334 919 7095
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Fri - Sat 22:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Mercati Generali was opened in the 20th of June 1998 in Contrada Jungetto,...

Mercati Generali was opened in the 20th of June 1998 in Contrada Jungetto, in the south of Catania. Today Mercati Generali’ s winter activities take place in three rooms inside a mill built towards the end of the 800’ s for wine production and conservation. A courtyard has been recovered near the building and a summer programme, from May until October, is carried out in it. Mercati Generali’ s programming is mostly oriented towards the promotion of musical plans’ s and artistic independent realities it’ s known and appreciated in the artistic field both in Italy and abroad.

During the 2000 year Mercati Generali was a partner in the project, directed by Otello Urso; it was the first project in the south of Italia to be supported and funded by the European Culture 2000 project.

Important partnerships and cooperation between many principal actors of the European musical production and promotions have made possible unforgetable performances by many artists at the Mercati, some of which are: Murray Lachlan Young, Marc Ribot and Los Cubanos Postizos, to Rococo Rot, Manu Chao and Roy Paci, Ursula Rucker, Frederic Galliano and African Divas, Enon, Mike Patton and Rahzel, Marcos Valle, Uri Caine, Cat Power, Bill Evans, David Grubbs, Jamie Lidell, , Antony and the Johnsons, Cocorosie, Uzeda, Studio Davoli, the installation of Sfuggita family and Ultrapop, the performance of Sarah Fazzino and Moto Mimetico, Masaki Iwana and Valeria Geremia , and the extraordinary participation of Hidetochi Nagasawa tanks to the contribute of Fiumara d’arte.

Mercati Generali has taken its name from a massive building project, the New Catania Agroidustrial market, which unfortunately foresees a further cementing of the prevailing green area of Contrada Jungetto.

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Interesting Market

We were in Italy for a month and visited many markets. Each market has its own individual goods from the area. Great prices and you can negotiate.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2013 via mobile

I am a relatively frequent traveller, and have seen a lot of things during my journey, but this place is a must see. Like it would be in a movie. A perfect stereotype of the south, that in fact i thought only exists in movies. Very cheap, great parties, beautiful(!!!!!!) area, in the middle of an orange garden. Like a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

This rivals the fresh food market at Palermo in terms of quality and passion of vendors! Definitely worth a visit especially if you can cook the food you buy afterwards! Well attended by the locals, we watched one couple speed through the crowd on their motorbike to pull up at a salumi stand and get their dinner order!

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012

We were in Italy for a month and visited many markets. Each market has its own individual goods from the area. Great prices and you can negotiate.

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Thank Rosanne M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

Magnificent, busy, crowded outdoor market with unbelievable fish and seafood and beautiful produce: a cook's paradise.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

The place is really stylish, nice bar and huge place where it's possible to chill out listening a really good selected music. The Security Staff is really professional and ready to afford every kind of situation, my mark is 5 STARS LUXURY as the referent is able to afford every kind of situation. Congratulation and thanks for the fantastic night... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

This market gives you an idea how markets have run in this region for many years the only problem is that what's being sold is mainly cheap junk brought in from china, I suggest taking an hour car drive to Ortiga for a much more pleasant experience.

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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

A must visit if you are in sicily. Be careful to be there very early as the market is off at 13.00. Idea for some good bargains as they sell really a lot of items

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

Does not require much time, and get there by mid-morning latest. Interesting fish market.

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Attard, Malta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

great bargains !! just watch your belongings. you can find anything and at a good price. at weekends its very busy. the vendors tend to shout out, but its normal :) they can be a bit over friendly but they will give you a good price.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

great for seeing the locals up close. Wide variety of seafood and vegetables available.

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