a day in arrezzo

a day in arrezzo

August 1, 2010  |  travel tips and tales

Rock of Ages had kept an article from a back edition of Gourmet Traveller about the Fiera for Antichera in Arezzo, a town of around 20,000 in southern Tuscany, which is, the article said, held on the first weekend of every month. In good faith we set off on Saturday October first, on a train trip to Arezzo to see if this market had staying power. Talk about an understatement! Thirty years of momentum have turned the Fiera into Europe’s major antique market with 30,000 buyers and sellers converging on Arezzo to recycle their treasures.

  We’ve never seen anything like it…Camberwell market times 50 in scale, with every street of the centro historico lined with stalls - dealers having travelled from many countries to display Europe’s finest old treasures. Our eyes were out on stalks as we fossicked through old keys, coins, glassware, paintings, furniture, books – all quality products and not overly expensive. This wasn’t a buying occasion for us, with transport logistics an issue and a house sale looming, but we did treat ourselves to a trinket each. Rock bought a necklace from Murano (an island off Venice famous for its glass) and I snapped up a 5 lire silver coin from 1820. Interestingly, with thousands of people converging on Arezzo for the market, many of the vendors wrapped up their stalls in canvass for the mandatory siesta, so we made our way back to Perugia after a roast pork roll (the best outside Borough Market in London) in a back street. The Arezzo market is something anyone travelling to this part of Italy should try and take in. The markets themselves are amazing, but it’s the setting that is special….flanked by 14 and 15th Century churches and buildings, all with many stories to tell.


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