antique/flea markets in and around florence, italy

Fortezza Antique Market in Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Fortezza Antique Market in Piazza Vittorio Veneto

Fortezza da Basso Flea Market, FlorenceScouring flea markets everywhere I go is not only a great pass-time which satisfies my hunting and gathering urge and a visit to memory lane museum, but finding unexpected items inspires my creative work. With a stroke of luck, locating something with potential presents a fun challenge to incorporate it into a piece of jewelry or art work, or perhaps just as an addition to my collection of objects.

In Florence (Italy), there are many regular antique and flea markets (mercati dei pulci). One of my favorites was in the garden of the Fortezza da Basso which takes place every 3rd weekend of the month, even during most of the winter, surrounding a pond and fountain. This market has since moved to Piazza Indipendenza.

Fortezza Antique Market in Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Fortezza Antique Market in Piazza Vittorio Veneto

Antique & flea markets regularly held in Florence (info subject to change):

Fortezza Antique Market*

Every 3rd Saturday and Sunday of the month, all day

Piazza Indipendenza

Info 055.328.3515

*2018 Update: This market, noted by it’s name, was originally held in the garden of the Fortezza da Basso. For a few years, due to tram construction near the Fortezza, this antique market was moved to Piazza Vittorio Veneto at the beginning of the Cascine Park at Ponte alla Vittoria. The market is now situated in Piazza Indipendenza.

Ciompi Antique Fair

Every weekday in the covered market area near the Loggia del Pesce and on the last Sunday of every month, the market spills out onto the surrounding streets (closed in July)

Piazza Annigoni

Info 055.328.3551

*2016 Update: The covered market area has been removed by the city and the vendors have been relocated in new white tents in the Piazza Annigoni near Piazza Ghiberti, a block away from the Mercato Sant’Ambrosio.

Santo Spirito Antique Market

2nd Sunday of the month, all day (closed August)

Piazza Santo Spirito

Fiesole Antique Market (mix of antiques and crafts)

1st Sunday of the month, all day (closed August)

Piazza Mino (Fiesole) – Take Bus 7 from Piazza San Marco

Info 055.596.1263

Scandicci Antique Fair

Last weekend of every month except July-August

Piazza Matteotti, Scandicci

Info 055.750.072

Antique market in Scandicci
Antique market in Scandicci
Fortezza da Basso Flea Market, Florence
Fortezza da Basso Flea Market, Florence

Additional antique and flea markets around Tuscany:

Arezzo Antique Market

1st Sunday of every month and previous Saturday  – year round since 1968

Historic center of Arezzo (one hour+ train ride from Florence)

Info 0575.377993

See images here

Carmignano Antique Market

2nd Saturday of every month

Via Meucci, Carmignano

Info 055.871.2468

Forte dei Marmi Antique Market

2nd Sunday of every month and previous Saturday from May to October

Piazza Garibaldi, Forte dei Marmi

Info 0584.80091

Incisa Val d’Arno Antique Market 

2nd Saturday of every month

Piazza del Municipio 5,  Incisa Val d’Arno

Info 055.833.4061

Livorno Market of the Past

1st Sunday of every month except July-August

Piazza Cavour, Livorno

Info 0586.883.374

Lucca Antique Market

3rd Sunday of every month and previous Saturday, all day

Piazze Antelminelli, San Giusto & San Giovanni, Lucca

See images here

Montepulciano Antique & Artisan Fair

2nd Saturday & Sunday of every month

Piazza Grande, Montepulciano

Info 057.8717484

Pietrasanta Antique Market

1st Sunday of every month, all day

Piazza Duomo, Pietrasanta

Info 0584.795.250

Poggio a Caiano Used Goods & Antiques

3rd Sunday of every month

Via Lorenzo il Magnifico 1, Poggio a Caiano

Info 055.87011

Siena Collectionists’ Corner

3rd Sunday of every month except August, all day

Piazza del Mercato, Siena

Other markets of interest in Florence where you can occasionally find the odd used item, but usually clothing and vintage items or food markets:

Le Cascine Market (mostly clothing, housewares, and food)

Tuesdays, 7am-2pm

Cascine Park along the Arno River

Porcellino Market/Mercato Nuovo (new gifts, leather, scarves, etc.)

Every day 9am-7:30pm

Piazza del Mercato Nuovo (between Ponte Vecchio & Piazza della Repubblica)

San Lorenzo Market (mostly clothing, leather)

Every day 9am-7:30pm

Piazza San Lorenzo

Mercato Centrale (food and more food)

Food market: open every day except Sundays and holidays 7am-2pm, Saturday 7-5 (except in summer)

Upstairs trendy gourmet food court and market: open 365 days a year 10am-midnight

Piazza Mercato Centrale (San Lorenzo area)

Sant’Ambrosio Market (food and clothing)

Every day except Sundays and holidays 7am-2pm, 4-8pm

Piazza Ghiberti, off Via dei Macci

And finally, there are thrift stores (mercatini del usato) in Florence, too! Here are a few worth checking out:

Di Tutto Di Piu’

Mercatopoli

Mercatino Usato Firenze

Mercatino Usato

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