Italian Flea Markets...the best of Umbria
Italian Flea Markets
Italian Flea Markets...the best markets in Umbria
Who doesn't love a good antique/flea market, come on be honest? Since moving to Umbria I have become addicted to Il Mercato del Pulci - the humble flea market. If not for the stock presented, most definitely for the colourful characters who lurk amongst the quirky collectables on sale. For the visitor it most certainly makes for a lively day out; a welcome respite from endless museum & church visits & a great opportunity to witness Italians going about their exhuberant daily life...la dolce vita. During the better part of the year these markets are held on various days of the week, usually in the village centres & move around the neighbouring villages on a continuing, repetative basis. Only in the dismal depths of winter are they non-operational, when no sane soul would venture too far from the warmth of the hearth.
I am fortunate to live very close to some of the best markets in Umbria - from fresh produce to slightly tacky "Mom & Pop" markets, to the best antiquario markets showcasing the most sublime & unusual artefacts I have ever seen. I am constantly in awe of the ancient relics on sale & often wonder exactly where & how they turn up in such places. Always on the look out for any items to decorate our country house in an authentic manner - objects that place a unique detailed touch to a simple décor; my personal fetish is antique linen & I am constantly discovering beautiful pieces at incredibly inexpensive prices.
The Italian Flea Market will uncover an array of "quirky" objet d'arte ; indeed, one mans trash is another mans treasure. Items ranging from rustic farm objects such as garden tools & old machinery, ancient rusty keys, books, hand embroidered linen (collected for marriage trusseau), beautiful aged ceramics & glassware, to valuable jewellery & simple functional furniture...the markets unveil a treasure-trove of antiquity! One can spend, at the very least, a few hours rummaging then enjoy a leisurely sustaining lunch at a nearby trattoria afterwards (& perhaps leave with a small treasure from antiquity) without digging too deeply into ones pockets. All in all, a great day out & a true representation of Italian daily life.
Here is a list of the markets I frequent regularly in Umbria - take the time to visit one on your next stay...I doubt you will be disappointed!
Perugia - Palazzo della Prefettura/Rocca Paolina (last weekend of every month)
Pissignano - Via Flamina/Clitunno (first Sunday of the month)
Castiglione del Lago - Piazza Gramsci (third Saturday of the month)
Narni - Piazza dei Priori (third Saturday of the month)
Todi - Piazza Communale (last week in March - a large antique fair)
Produce & General Markets
Mondays - Montefalco, Amelia, Panicale, Assisi (Piazza Matteotti-upper town)
Tuesdays - Deruta, Foligno, Gubbio (Piazza 40 Martiri), Perugia (Ceramics/pottery - on the Duomo steps)
Wednesdays - Spello, Castiglione del Lago, Corciano
Thursdays - Trevi, Orvieto, Citta di Castello, Perugia (Ponte San Giovanni)
Fridays - Spoleto
Saturdays - Assisi (Santa Maria degli Angeli), Todi, Passignano (Lago Trasimeno)
Sundays - San Giustino, Bastia Umbra, Tuoro (Lago Trasimeno)
These lively, colourful markets offer a great way to embrace life at a local level - here you will mingle with villagers & visitors alike. Discover where food produce especially, represents the very best of the season.
* All markets operate from early morning to (approx) 1 pm...the antique markets well into the afternoon. Enjoy!
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