Food shopping in Italy

What a great experience food shopping in Italy is! If you are staying in a villa in Italy it can make for a really enjoyable part of the holiday.
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The weekly (Sunday morning) market held in the piazza at Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany.

The weekly (Sunday morning) market held in the piazza at Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany.

A wonderful range of cheeses at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market).  A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

A wonderful range of cheeses at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market). A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

Ristoro di Lamole in the hamlet of Lamole near Greve in Chianti, Tuscany functions as an excellent restaurant, a bar and a shop for all those essentials.

Ristoro di Lamole in the hamlet of Lamole near Greve in Chianti, Tuscany functions as an excellent restaurant, a bar and a shop for all those essentials.

A colourful display at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market).  A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

A colourful display at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market). A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

The weekly (Sunday morning) market held in the piazza at Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany.

The weekly (Sunday morning) market held in the piazza at Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany.

Ristoro di Lamole in the hamlet of Lamole near Greve in Chianti, Tuscany functions as an excellent restaurant, a bar and a shop for all those essentials.

Ristoro di Lamole in the hamlet of Lamole near Greve in Chianti, Tuscany functions as an excellent restaurant, a bar and a shop for all those essentials.

An interesting range of fish at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market).  A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

An interesting range of fish at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market). A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

Delicious hams and cheeses at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market).  A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

Delicious hams and cheeses at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market). A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

Delicious 'funghi porcini' at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market).  A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

Delicious 'funghi porcini' at Florence's Mercato Centrale (central market). A great place to visit even if you aren't buying!!

The weekly (Sunday morning) market held in the piazza at Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany.

The weekly (Sunday morning) market held in the piazza at Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany.

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