Piazza delle Erbe and the portici
One of the ways most indicated to breathe in the tranquil atmosphere of the city is a charming stroll among the alleys and the porticos of Piazza delle Erbe. From Monday to Friday the Christmas market with fruit and vegetables is hosted here. An opportunity to discover some local delicacies and the beauties of the place such as the Fountain of Neptune, a work of marble and bronze dating from the beginning of 1700 depicting the god of the sea with three dolphins.
There are many famous personalities of the past who lived by these parties, among others, Mozart and Goethe. Piazza delle Erbe is populated both day, because of the food market, and in the evening, when it becomes a meeting place for many young people. A good starting point for exploring the arcades of the city, featuring a good part of the historical center which allows you to walk even during the rain without getting wet.
A walk along the ancient Via dei Portici is a dive into the past to get to know the history of the city. During some time, some premises under the porticos were dwellings, while other warehouses for the storage of the goods of the merchants of Italians and Germans. Today, after the restructuring of the palaces, the scenario appears to be entirely different with shops, boutiques, bars, and restaurants.