Join us for this immersion into a rich, verbally described and sensory experience of one of the oldest open-air markets in the USA.
North West Corner of 9th and Christian Streets
$25 per person. Compensated rates of $15 per person may apply. Contact Us for information.
Bring cash if you plan on buying anything from the market stalls. The stores take credit and debit cards. Also, you might want to bring a bag for your purchases.
We are sorry to say that this tour is not wheelchair accessible as sidewalks can be busy and stores are narrow with a few steps.
"A Walk of Delectable Delights - Yo!"
As I write this little blurb, while munching a luscious pizzelle I think about my visit to the Italian Market. On May 8th, the "Philly Touch Tours" gave a wonderful tour of the Italian Market. It lasted for about 2 and one half hours and it was worth every minute. What was relaxing about my visit to the market was that "Philly Touch Tours" tours are geared to the members' pace. Philly Touch Tours tour guides or store employees explain the products and owners give the history of particular stores and how they acquired them.
One of the stops was at the Italian Market Visitors' Center. A brief history was given of the market. The market lines Ninth Street from Christian Street to Wharton Street in South Philly. It began in the 1800's when waves of immigrants flooded America. Italian families settled in the area and opened specialty shops, obtaining wares from the port. Over the years, many shops were passed down from generation to generation, while others were begun later with owners of different nationalities.
We visited a variety of different quaint shops with so many unusual items. One shop, "Superior Posta", offers home made pastas of many types and flavors. Joe, who is the owner, gave a brief history about how his family came to own the shop. Another shop, D'Angelo Bros, offers a variety of meats ranging from bison to elk, from pheasant to kangaroo. The owner of this shop also is a taxidermist, and although the general public is not permitted to touch the pelts, he allows members of Philly Touch Tours to feel them to know the various textures of the furs. We also visited stores vending imported cheeses, another selling hundreds of spices, some which are not available in most grocery stores. Other shops specialize in oils and home made tortillas. Also, reasonably priced, fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs line 9th Street make it a joy to look at, not to mention the fresh scents of the produce. And for dessert, we visited a chocolate shop that had all different flavors of home made chocolate, fudge, and iced cream, yeah, to die for!
All in all, it was very interesting; walking this tour was educational and fun!
By Mary E. Brucker, Montgomery County, PA