The Ballaro Markets stretch for several kilometres along the narrowest of alleys in the centre of Palermo, and sell fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, clothing, and (probably pirated) CDs and DVDs.
Though we had been warned about security in these places, we found no problem, though we did hold tightly to our bags which we wore across our bodies.
People were very friendly and welcoming, and we bought a couple of bananas to snack on - not wishing to risk a repeat of our alimentary disaster of two years ago by eating fresh fruit. There is not a rubber glove in sight, and the meat and fish sits out in the open.
You can also buy tiny LIVE!!!!!(yuk!) snails which are displayed in baskets and crawl out from time to time.