Milan: Oh Bej Oh Bej (the Sant’Ambrogio’s Milanese market)

Until the last 8th of December there was the famous street market called Oh Bej Oh Bej around the stunning Castello Sforzesco in Milan. The market usually stays there for 4 days, and it stands for the celebration of Sant’Ambrogio’s Day, the city’s patron saint. At this period, the streets around the castle are closed for cars and you can see the crowd looking for typical Italian products, handmade stuff and some vin brulé to warm up. I love markets in general, and this one caught my attention when an Italian friend told me more about its name. “Bej” means “bello” in some Italian dialect, while the expression “oh bej” would be something like “che bello!”, an expression that is frequently said by women in general when they pass through the counters in a fair.

Do you know any other version of this story? 🙂

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