The Capo district falls in the area where the Slavonians (Slavic peoples from Schiavonia,) once resided. It was thus named after the Dalmatian mercenary troops hired for the slave trade. Later, this area beyond the Papireto river was called Seralcadio, i.e. Sani-el-Kadì, i.e. the magistrate’s road.
The market took its name from Caput Seralcadii, a term used to indicate the upper part of the area that was specialised in the distribution of local products from Palermo’s hinterland. This served to distinguish it from the part closest to the sea, called instead Amalfitania (or Quartiere della Loggia), where the ‘foreign’ nations mainly engaged in naval traffic resided.
The Capo market is the third most important historical market in the city. The main entrance is the Porta Carini and continues to the Piazza Beati Paoli. According to tradition, the ancient secret sect would meet in these very streets.
Before arriving in Piazza Capo is the well-known Morello bakery. The first thing you notice is the Art Nouveau mosaic sign depicting the lady known to all as ‘Pupa ru Capu’.
Over the years, the Capo market has maintained its appearance similar to oriental souks and its popularity from early in the morning, with its many stalls, gradually attracting locals and tourists alike.
Food of all kinds attracts attention: smells and taverns along the market streets, where you can sample local products.
A Palermo of tradition is always evolving, always making room for new cultures.