antiques, flea markets, thrift, and junk shops in and around florence, italy

Scouring 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

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

Indipenza Antique Market
Every 3rd Saturday and Sunday of the month, all day
Piazza Indipendenza
Info 055.328.3515

This market 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. Since 2018, the market is now situated in Piazza Indipendenza.

Ciompi Antique Fair
Last Sunday
of every month (except July)
Piazza Annigoni
Info 055.328.3551

Every weekday in Piazza Annigoni and on the last Sunday of every month, the market spills out onto the surrounding streets (closed in July). In 2016, the covered market area that was formally in Piazza Ciompi’s Loggia del Pesce was 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
Info 055.596.1263

Scandicci Antique Fair
Last Saturday of every month (except July/August)
Piazza Matteotti, Scandicci
Info 055.750.072

Arezzo Antique Market (photo: N. Muirhead)

Additional selected 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

Pistoia Antique Market
2nd Saturday & Sunday of every month (except July/August)
Pistoia Fiere
Info 0573.371901

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

Vicopisano (PI) Antique and Collectors’ Market
Stand e bancarelle previste: oltre 120
32nd Sunday of every month except August, all day
Town center, main square, Vicopisano (PI)
Info 050.796117

Lucca's Antique Market

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 and area

Mercato Centrale (food and dining)
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

Thrift stores / junk shops

And finally, there are thrift stores / junk shops (mercatini del usato) in Florence, too! At some, you can bring in things (clothing, objects, furniture, etc.) that are in good condition and put them on consignment, receiving 50% of the retail price. You may need to make an appointment first, and they only accept selected items. And wondering where to make donations of your goods to benefit non-profit associations and others in need? Here are a few worth checking out:

cuREMAKE Spazio Vintage del Le Curandaie *accepts donations – Via Guglielmo Pepe 47 Int. 8 (Le Cure, Firenze)

Di Tutto Di Piu’Via dei Vanni, 56/a (Firenze) and Via Dei Manderi, 62 (Campi Bisenzio) + more

Emmaus Firenze *accepts donations – Via Doni, 20 (Firenze) and Via Vittorio Emanuele 52 (Calenzano)

La MeccaViale dell’Albereta, 12 and Via Poggio Bracciolini, 8/14 (Firenze)

Mercatino del ScandicciVia di Scandicci, 53 (Scandicci)

Mercatino del Usato Europasia – Via F. Doni, 6r (Firenze)

Mercatino Usato Firenze – Via S. Donato, 44 (Firenze)

Mercatino Usato – various locations in Tuscany

Mercatopoli – Via Frà Diamante, 12/A (Legnaia, Firenze)

St. James Thrift Shop *accepts donationsShop open LAST Wednesday of each month from 9:30-11:30am – Via Rucelai, 9 (Florence)

Usato Bene Manitese *accepts donations – Via della Pieve 43B (Scandicci)

Post originally published in 2012, but since updated. All information subject to change.

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