This we propose is an itinerary between shopping, art and food and wine, to taste the city in all its aspects!
It starts from Via Roma, in the city center. Almost at the end of the street, on the left, we find the entrance of via Soncin which takes us inside the ancient Ghetto , which collects particular shops and bars where you can taste the traditional "spuncioni" , small portions of aperitif specialties, so called because, in order not to get their hands dirty, they were skewered by toothpicks (spuncioni or spunciotti, to "spread", prick).
At the end of the street we find ourselves in Piazza Duomo and from here, if we resist the temptation to stop in one of the cafes or shops, on the right, we arrive in Piazza dei Signori. This is one of the three squares that host the daily market: here you can buy clothing, accessories and small objects, in Piazza delle Erbe fruit and vegetables, while in Piazza della Frutta a mixture of the two. This market, indeed, these four markets, if we add the benches under the Salone (that is, in the galleries on the ground floor of the Palazzo della Ragione ) that deserve a separate discussion, has an ancient history.
Traditionally, the benches were, since the Middle Ages, the only activity allowed to women, provided that the bench was registered to a man in the family. So the markets of the squares have always been characterized by female figures.
The stalls were known by the names of the women who ran them, the calls had ringing voices and were aimed at women who did the shopping showing the competence of those who, at home, then had to feed the family as much as the buyers.
From the squares to the Listón the climate changes completely, from the cheerful and true counters, to the elegant shops of the pedestrian street that goes from the Cantón del Gallo ("Angolo del gallo", the crossroads between via San Francesco, via San Canziano, via Roma and via VIII February) in Piazza Garibaldi, in the area where, in Roman times, the thermal baths and the forum extended.
In memory of the grandeur of the colonnade that characterized it, in the center of Piazza Garibaldi you can see the Column of the Madonna dei Noli , from the name of the statue placed at its top. The column was made of Aurisina limestone, from the Carso Triestino, which has come here through the numerous waterways that have always passed through the city.
But before arriving in Piazza Garibaldi, we note next to Caffè Pedrocchi , the square of the Garzeria so called, from the complex of buildings that was called Garzeria or Garzerie Nuove, where the wool of the precious "gentle land sheep" was worked.
The plaque in via Cesare Battisti, engraved with a lamb, marked the boundary of the seat of the University of Wool , famous throughout Europe in the Carrarese era, equipped with laboratory and "fontico", the factory, demolished in 1926.
In the same square, in the place now occupied by a supermarket, there was the very popular Garibaldi theater, made of wood, built on the initiative of Luigi Duse, Eleonora's grandfather, who staged plays here starring the famous dialectal character of Giacometo Spàsemi.
At the end of Listón, on our right, we notice Porta Altinate which opens onto the homonymous village: via Eremitani, via Zabarella, via Altinate and all the streets that connect it with via San Francesco and determine Contrada Antenore offer another shopping direction . The pedestrian area of Listón continues beyond Garibaldi square becoming via San Fermo, where many great luxury brands are concentrated.
It is very difficult to limit the offer of quality products and the food and wine delights of the area to these few streets: every street in the center hides at least one shop , each neighborhood welcomes markets, artisans and shops that deserve to be discovered.