These days I am thinking about Porta Palazzo a lot. I am making the final revisions to my manuscript, which is an ethnographic study of this incredible market in Turin, Italy. From 2001 to 2003 I did fieldwork in the Porta Palazzo market. It is a place I always come back to not only physically but mentally. It is a place that is always the same each time but also incredibly different. I think I could not have chosen a more complex and beautiful field site.
I am not the only one thinking about Porta Palazzo. Singer and songwriter Gianmaria Testa wrote a beautiful song entitled “Al mercato di Porta Palazzo.” Testa eloquently captures the tensions and pleasures of the market.