Arezzo Flea Market Tips

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Mamma Mia, I rarely blog while I’m in the midst of doing a tour, preferring usually to wait til I’m home afterwards.  But we’ve got a white-label tour in Italy with Red Shed Tours this week where we’re acting as step-on guides for another tour company who specialize in group travel, and yesterday we were in Arezzo. Arezzo inspires me and has me spinning around in circles…. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.

In fact if you’ve seen the movie Life is Beautiful, you’ve already got the town of Arezzo in mind. It was filmed here. This ancient Tuscan city with its Roman ruins, medieval walls and Renaissance architecture has always been a magnet for art lovers and it’s home to many famous artists. In fact have you heard of the Vasari passage in Florence? Well you can visit its designer’s home in Arezzo! Giorgio Vasari, who conferred with the Medici family in Florence, designed the famed but exclusive corridor that runs through the Medici’s original residence at the Uffizi, now the renowned picture gallery to their new residence at the Palazzo Pitti. It was built just above the Ponte Vecchio bridge which at the same time was filled with Butcher’s shops so they could walk above the rif raf of the city and avoid any unpleasantries. Also in Arezzo you can visit Piero della Francesce’s magnificent frescos at the Basilica of San Francisco.

Normally Arezzo is a quiet and tranquil city…. Except for the first weekend of the month when tours/italy” target=”_blank”>The Antiques Diva & Co storms into town all a gaggle!!!  500 vendors take over the Piazza Grande, sprawling into the surrounding streets and alleys from north to south, east to west. A quirky cast of characters set up shop and fill your ear with elaborate stories about their treasures.

Arezzo really is an Aladdin’s cave where you can find antique and vintage furniture, fine and costume jewelry, wonderful paintings at a steal, religious artifacts, crockery, glass, kitchen and cooking items, silver, ceramics and books. In short at the Arezzo Flea Market you can find anything and everything from the serious antiques to fun collectibles. It’s practically impossible to go home empty handed.

In Italian, though, when it comes to bargaining you need to remember the Italian method is not aggressive… it’s more sympathetic in tone. As it is in most things in Italy it’s based upon a rapport, so patience is needed. First you ask the price. Then you pause to think. If you feel the price is fair – you pay it. No bargaining for sport. Then if you really do want it, ask for a better price, and if you’re buying more than 1 item you’ll increase your odds of getting a discount. Vendors will always give you a receipt at the Tuscan flea markets as there are controls in place by the government to ensure they do. Because the items are classified as “used” there will be nothing to claim back at the Tax Refund office when leaving Italy as used items in Italy are VAT exempt.

Cash is king in the flea market scene… but some vendors will take credit cards. These are minority and cash will always get you the best price. All over Arezzo on the main roads you’ll find ATM’s dotting the side of the street so getting money from the machines wont be a problem. But come prepared. Did you know in Italy there is a legal limit to how much you can withdraw per day? The maximum limit in Italy to withdrawal from your bank (regardless what your bank tells you your daily limit is) is 250 Euro – so you’ll want to plan ahead to make sure you have the cash needed to shop the Arezzo Flea Market.

Arezzo 2015 Dates:

January 3-4, 2015

January 31 – February 1, 2015

February 28 – March 1, 2015

April 4-5, 2015

May 2-3, 2015

June 6-7, 2015

July 4-5, 2015

August 1-2, 2015

September 5-6, 2015

October 3-4, 2015

October 31 – November 1, 2015

December 5-6, 2015


Happy shopping!

Ciao Bella,
The Antiques Diva®