Ravenna’s Mercato Coperto | Showing what is Possible

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The creation of market halls is one of the bigger trends in retailing currently and for a sense of what’s possible visit almost any big city in Europe and there is almost certainly an example of the genre.

That said, Italy, surely the home of the original market hall (or ‘covered market’ in some quarters), has to be a place to look at the genesis of the ‘new’ market hall. And one of the best places to do this is Ravenna, where the Mercato Coperto has recently reopened. This follows a EUR 13m makeover, that has seen the installation of a Coop (which looks and feels like a market as well), restaurants and bars and, of course, counters serving food.

At the heart of all of this, a long escalator takes visitors up to the first floor, where there is more of the same and a spacious bookshop.

This does actually function as a ‘market’, rather than just a series of small eateries and it is worth a visit if you happen to be in Emilia Romagna.