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The Coronavirus Lockdown in Italy: Not for Umbria’s Outdoor Markets!

Date: March 10, 2020 - categories: , , , , , - 6 Comments

On the evening of March 9, 2020, Prime Minister Conte officially announced a coronovirus-protection lockdown throughout Italy, meaning – basically – “tutti a casa” (“everyone stay home”).

…or as much at home as possible. I caffe will be open only until 6 p.m., hoping that an early closure will discourage evening social gatherings. Alimentari (grocery stores) and supermercati will be open as usual, though centri commerciali (shopping malls) will be closed on week-ends (again to discourage over-crowding). Museums, cinemas and schools will be closed until April 3rd “…..e poi, vediamo” (….and then, we’ll see…)

During this coronavirus lockdown, I wonder if fewer stands will open at our weekly markets here in Umbria?

I hope not. I’d rather shop in the fresh air. And what an ideal antidote to ward off a CPA (Coronavirus Panic Attack).

And besides, where else can I find such artichokes?

….or a Pino favorite, those giant olives from Puglia, spiced up with peperoncino?

…and what oranges last Friday at the Bastia market (and at what reasonable prices!):

There were even bunches of wild asparagus foraged in the woods of Sardinia:

Yes, we have to be attentive about keeping the one-meter distance from others now mandated…..

…..but let us hope the coronavirus lockdown allows us one of life’s simple joys: the outdoor market.

Read about another place for avoiding CPA (Coronavirus Panic Attack)

Read about March 8th, International Women’s Day, celebrated without any CPA

Read about – and see! – the feast Pino cooked for us on March 8, 2020

Click here to read about a favorite Orvieto eating spot – for CPA distraction

Click here to read about a Peppa lunch as a perfect CPA distraction


  • Daniella says:

    Those vegetables and fruits look so good! Let me know if you hear about whether the market will still be open – I want to check it out!

  • Jerry says:

    Are you having an early spring, looks delious and where were the tomatoes from?
    Love reading your blogs!

  • Cara says:

    Love the market, Artichokes are picturesque and I can almost taste those olives!

  • Janet Eidem says:

    Beautiful artichokes! I’m wondering where exactly they are grown.

  • Celia says:

    Fantastic photos from the outdoor market. I felt like I could just pick my own ! Ready to buy some carciofi!

  • Carol Lundin says:

    Great, cheery & mouth watering post! We watch Italy go into total lockdown (at least grocery stores are open) your government protecting you while trump pretends nothing is happening & plans more huge political rallies. Will be thinking of you during these times.

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