The Arezzo Antique and Flea Market

Today I met up with friends at the Arezzo antique/flea market. A huge venue with a really diverse selection of things for every want and every taste. It is the first Sunday of every month and the Saturday prior. It was a beautiful day. The forecasts were for storms and rain. But we saw nary a drop. And the temperatures were perfect.

Arezzo is about a 50 minute drive from Umbertide. The city is in Tuscany and is said to be the most affluent in that region. It has a population of around 100,000. The city center is an amazingly beautiful city. Known as a city of gold and high fashion, it was home to artists and poets. It was originally Etruscan and later Roman.

The market itself sprawls throughout the city. I heard more American English being spoken than I have in years. I was reminded by one of my companions that this was, after all, Tuscany. The biggest magnet to American tourists. So close to Umbria with all its treasures. But I am ok with that. Let Tuscany keep the crowds! Here are pictures of the market. Luther asked for the book stall pictures. He didn’t come because he loses interest in these things rapidly.

Seats from an old cinema
Loved this carved stone chess set

We stopped for lunch at Cavour 42 Trattoria. It was a very pleasant place. The outside tables were in a pretty covered arcade. There was a cool breeze blowing through and it was quieter and calmer than most places in the market. I enjoyed my lunch but it wasn’t great. The company I had made it perfect. Doug brought Georgia, his dog, and there were lots of other dogs including a sweet pitty at the table opposite. We had a nice Rose from Chianti.

I didn’t buy anything. All three of us have new homes to furnish so it was fun. I did see some things I liked. I’ll go back again. Maybe I can get Luther to come next time!
We have been blessed (?) with a mourning dove nest on our terrace. There are finally two chicks. They are looking like they are getting close to fledging. We try to not scare them.

Finally I have the funniest little teeny stunted hydrangea that came up from left over roots. It has bloomed. My hand in photo for reference to size. Plants are amazing.

Buon weekend, and happy Fourth of July to all! We have a group of Americans coming for lunch that day. It will be fun!

8 thoughts on “The Arezzo Antique and Flea Market

  1. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Carlo, you’re right, there are parts of Tuscany that are off the AMERICAN radar, but not off all tourists radar. We visited near Grosseto and everyone there was German.

  2. Carlo

    It seems like there are three very distinct parts of Tuscany— northwest of Lucca up to La Spezia, the far south—around Grosetto, and then the parts all the foreign tourists know as Tuscany— the area around Florence, over to Lucca, and down to Siena (and Cortona and Trasimeno thanks to Frances Mays). It seems to me no one ever mentions the southwest or northwest parts. (And, it’s probably for the best!)

  3. Colleen Costello

    I went to the Arezzo market in May. There was so much stuff, all of it fascinating. I was just closing on my apartment in Umbertide and could not access it yet so had to leave all of the treasures behind. I will most certainly go back again.

  4. Nancy Hampton Post author

    Hi Karen, that hydrangea must be stunted, don’t you think? I have several “volunteers”. Only this one is teeny. And only this one bloomed so far. Arezzo is a beautiful medieval city. Of course it has its sprawl but the Centro is lovely.

  5. Karen Pace

    Love the mini hydrangeas! What a lovely surprise as a leftover garden gift! I haven’t been to Arezzo yet. Maybe a day trip there is warranted in August. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Becky Reed

    I really enjoy living vicariously thru your adventures! Your’s is the only email I look forward to regularly! Becky Reed

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