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Fuq il-Monti! Rare photo reveals glory days of Gozo’s bustling It-Tokk Market
Nowadays, the infamous market has been moved to Piazza Savina

Roxanne Grillo

If you are a proud Gozitan or a frequent visitor of the lovely island, you’ll definitely remember Gozo’s famous it-Tokk open Market.

An old picture has recently surfaced on a Facebook post, showing the market at it-Tokk back when it used to be held at the Independence Square in Victoria. The image, which grabbed the attention of many users, shows a section of market stalls and vendors, all set up for a long day of work. Among the products for sale are clothes, hats and towels, but many other products must have been sold on the day as well!

Market

Tony Buttigieg via Malta taghna w tal imghoddi / Facebook

In the comments section, a local illustrated the importance of the market in the lives of the Maltese by reminiscing about his day trips to Gozo. He notes how his visits weren’t complete without a trip to the market, and, like many, it was his first destination after disembarking the Gozo ferry. 

Sadly, it seems that the market has lost a sense of its importance in Maltese culture as the years have gone by. Other commenters on the post mourned the loss of the traditional Maltese market, noting that they have experienced a drastic change from the past, particularly the way several markets around the islands have shrunk in size.

Even though it-Tokk market is no longer hosted at the Independence Square, it still takes place today at Savina Square, Victoria. Excited visitors can still enjoy the stalls selling all sort of items, ranging from household goods to authentic Gozitan souvenirs, and if you’re lucky, even an antique or two!

Do you remember the old market?

28th June 2021


Roxanne Grillo
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Roxanne Grillo
Fresh out of student life, Roxanne has a passion for sustainability, animal rights, and female empowerment. Above all else, she loves baking, chitchatting with friends, and spending many nights in with her beloved cats.

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