The Luino market: tradition on the shores of Lake Maggiore

Discover the Luino Market on Lake Maggiore: parking, map, opening hours for an amazing experience among the stalls, local products and authentic atmosphere
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The Luino Market draws hundreds of visitors every week, remaining to this day as one of the largest street markets in Europe. Stalls offer all kinds of goods, from local produce and clothing to flowers, cosmetics and kitchen items.

The day and hours of the Luino market

Luino's market day is Wednesday, held every week from morning until late afternoon.

The time when you can appreciate the hustle and bustle of the Luino market is between noon and 2 p.m., when most of the vendors are present and the crowds are at their peak.
Opening: 09.00
Closing: 16.00

Where to park for the Luino market

Due to the growing popularity of the market and the recorded peaks of 6,000 summer weekly visits, the City of Luino has set up two designated areas where parking can be found for the Luino Market.

Lakeside Parking (recommended)

You can park for the Luino Market in the Lungolago area on Viale Dante Alighieri. This parking lot is recommended as it has plenty of spaces available, and also because of the fact that a pleasant walk along the lakeshore awaits you before you reach the market.

Coop Parking (recommended)

Parking is possible at the Coop in Luino. Parking at the supermarket is municipal property, so it can be used freely. Opening hours: 7.30 am to 8.30 pm.

The Ferry Schedules and Prices for the Luino Market

The market town of Luino, pearl of Lake Maggiore, is easily reached by numerous ferries. From Cannero Riviera there are direct connections of 15 to 50 minutes. From Arona, Isola Bella and Laveno the crossings vary from 1 to 4 hours, while from Locarno it is about 1 hour and 35 minutes. These services ensure easy access to the market for visitors.

The table below shows the times and prices for the next market in Luino.

The History of the Luino Market

The history of the Luino market traces its origins back to 1535 with Giacomo Mandelli, owner of the fiefdom of Maccagno, who was given the concession for the weekly market. At that time the market was biweekly and was held every other week in the two towns.

For the official start of the Luino market, however, we have to wait a few years later, more precisely on September 5, 1541, the official date when the Luino weekly market was inaugurated thanks to a concession obtained by Count Rusca of Luino after a formal request to Emperor Charles V.

The fame gained by the Luino market in Switzerland (especially after World War II) stemmed mainly from two factors, the strong Swiss currency and the proximity to the country connected by an efficient railway infrastructure.

"The tourist's eye can admire, if on Wednesday, a complete and crowded market full of every variety of goods, and the spoken words that are heard [...] are [...] those of the Swiss, Belgians, Dutch and Germans."

Instead, so read a page in the 1959 Thurgeau Zeitung, demonstrating the fame the market also achieved abroad. Interestingly, even at that time Luino's Market Day was Wednesday.

There are currently more than 6,000 visits to the market during the summer season, a number that shows that the market is the most visited attraction in Luino.

FAQ

Where is the market located in Luino?
The Luino Market is located at the following address: Via Comi, 4, 21016 Luino VA
What day do they do the market in Luino?
Luino's Market Day is Wednesday.
What times is the market held in Luino?
The Luino Weekly Market is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where can I park for the market in Luino?
Parking is available for the Luino Market on Voldominio Street or on the lakefront on Dante Avenue.
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