Italy has an incredible tradition of markets and Turin can boast a great variety of street markets. I have already written about Porta Palazzo, the biggest outdoor market of Europe. But if you are looking for fashionable items, designer clothes or jewellery, you cannot miss the Market of Piazza Benefica.
How to reach it
The market of Piazza Benefica is limited by the streets: Via Susa, Via Palmieri, Via Duchessa Jolanda and Via Principi d’Acaja. It is very closed to the Metro Station Principi d’Acaja and the Train Station of Porta Susa. You can also arrive here by bus (n.4, 49, 51, 55, 56, 59, 68).
Located in the heart of Cit Turin, the district whose name means Little Turin, this market develops in a circular shape. The first thing I suggest is to wander around with your head up to admire the amazing palaces in Liberty style that date back to 1900s.
You can also visit the Neogothic church dedicated to Gesù Nazareno
The non existing square
After a walk in the surroundings, you are finally in Piazza Benefica. Or well, what you think is Piazza Benefica. In fact, this square doesn’t exist.
The real name of this place is Giardino Luigi Martini. The name Benefica, beneficial in English, comes from “Casa Benefica” a charity founded by Luigi Martini, whose aim was to provide shelter and education to orphans.
So, in the square that is not a square with a name that is not its real name you will find one of the most beautiful markets of Turin. Sorry if it took me long, but I had to create the atmosphere!
Everyday is different
The market is open everyday from Monday to Saturday, from 8.30 to 14. Even if it is said that the best day is Monday, as the hairdressers have their free day and can come here to find items to resell, street vendors change everyday so you can come at your convenience.
I took these photos in October 2020 on a Monday morning and here is what I found.
Jackets, coats and winter accessories
I was really tempted by that animal print jackets.
You can find bags every day. Last summer I bought a black leather bag for 50 euros.
Dresses, skirts and shirts
Did you dream about a dress with feathers but you did not want to spend much money? Here you can find outrageous outfit and still have to regrets when thinking of your spending capability. And if you find an item whose label as been cut away, it is because it is a designer piece that companies sell without “compromising” their image. We can keep the secrets for a Valentino sweater, can’t we?
Accessories, accessories and more accessories
From necklaces to earrings or belts, or clutches. Some are from famous designers, others are handmade.
Some boots are made for walking
Others have to complement an outfit. And buying heels that you will only wear once is not a crime since bargains start from 10 euros in this market.
And what about Food? Of course, it’s Italy!
And since this is always the street market of Cit Turin, you will also find food vendors. Not as many as in the other markets, but fresh cheese, bread, fruit and vegetables are available.
Prices are a bit higher than elsewhere, as you have noticed this is a quite chic market, but Piazza Benefica has a great value for money and definitely prices are lower than in shops. In case you want to buy souvenirs, here you will find few candies and chocolate vendors to buy traditional delicacies to bring home. If you can resist not eating the before!