Arezzo Antique Fair, Tuscany, Italy

Being the publisher of a monthly antique and destination guide, The Busy Bee Trader, – I knew I had to schedule our trip around the dates for the monthly Arezzo Antique Fair. Arezzo is just a short 15-20 minute drive from Cortona through the countryside. It was a rainy, dreary day, but I was determined we were going anyway.

We arrived in Arezzo, following the signs to “centro” and found a good parking spot just a few blocks away from where we could see tents set up. Our first stop was a coffee shop for a shot of espresso to warm us up to shop.

Arezzo espresso break, JamieAnd here we go…

Arezzo street viewThere is a great variety of merchandise to be found and not only are there dealers everywhere, there are many fine antique shops too. Here’s your virtual tour…

Arezzo bakelite jewelry booth

Arezzo brass little figures

Arezzo bull picture, misc

Arezzo ceramics & wood boxes

Arezzo chandeliers

Arezzo African art

Arezzo Antica Bottega Toscana

Arezzo cherubs & doll figures

Arezzo childrens painting in window

Arezzo church 3:4 view

Arezzo cloaked statue & church

Arezzo coat of arms building

Arezzo cookware corner

Arezzo doilies & lace

Arezzo doll shop

Arezzo fancy earrings & necklaces

Arezzo fur coat booth

Arezzo fur hats & vests

Arezzo furniture hardware booth

Arezzo glassware & china

Arezzo head bust, misc table

Arezzo head figures

Arezzo Hermes Antichita

Arezzo horns & bottle holder

Arezzo horns & busts

Arezzo hunting & fishing booth

Arezzo ironstone & table

The main piazza is the central location for the fair, with booths overspilling up and down the streets from there. There are restaurants and antique shops around the piazza and under the portico.

Arezzo antique fair piazza bell tower

Arezzo antique fair piazza tents & umbrellas Arezzo antique fair piazza vert

Arezzo antique fair piazza

Arezzo antique lace

Arezzo antique shop on piazza windows

Arezzo antique shop red awning

Arezzo antique shop statues & furniture

Arezzo antique shop, grilled windows

Arezzo art gallery shoppers

Arezzo fine furniture booth

Bundled up for the chilly, wet weather!

Arezzo Jamie, antique fair portico

Arezzo jewelry 1

Arezzo lace and trim

Arezzo lighting & copper

Arezzo lighting globes booth

Arezzo Limoges boxes

Arezzo majolica & mixed

Arezzo meat machines

Arezzo military uniforms

Arezzo misc table

Arezzo Murano glass booth

Arezzo Murano glass, paper weights

Arezzo Napolean type hat

Arezzo old books & feather quills

Arezzo paintings & corn

One of the restaurants had a pasta-making display on the portico.

Arezzo pasta making display

And an inviting food display…

Arezzo piazza restaurant food display

Arezzo portico walkers

Arezzo prints

Arezzo restaurant on piazza

Arezzo restaurant table & coat of arms

Arezzo shells in wood bowl

Arezzo silver booth

Arezzo silver rests

Arezzo skeleton keys

Arezzo stoneware & crocks

Arezzo street view

Arezzo striped linens booth

Arezzo urn booth

Arezzo vert military uniform & figures

Arezzo vert misc table

Arezzo vert street bell tower

Arezzo vert street view

Arezzo walking sticks booth

Our only purchase was two paintings of the Tuscan countryside from this fun couple. Cheap at 5 Euro each and easy to pack!Arezzo watercolor artists

Arezzo wood desk & chairs

Arezzo fire dogs & scones street

We had covered all the streets and it was time to find food and our car, so we worked our way back. Just a block from where our car was parked, we saw this restaurant with lots of Trip Advisor and award stickers. It was just opening, so we thought we’d try Osteria AnTicafonTe – it’s located at Via Porta Buia, 18, 52100 Arezzo, Italy.

Arezzo AnTicaFonte window, awardsWe were the first customers seated and it wasn’t long before the restaurant filled up.

Arezzo Anticafonte dining to door

Arezzo Anticafonte Menu cover

Arezzo Anticafonte menu coursesOf course we needed some wine..

Arezzo Anticafonte wine & Wally

And we ordered the sampler starter

Arezzo Anticafonte starter plateThese little cuties were happily chattering away next to us.

Arezzo Anticafonte little girls

Arezzo Anticafonte dining room

I can’t remember what Wally ordered but I had what translated to sweet and sour roast beef with carmelized little onions on the side. The beef melted in your mouth and the onions were like candy! His was really good too.

Arezzo Anticafonte Wally & entrees

Arezzo Anticafonte entrees

Arezzo Anticafonte tables & sideboardI hope you enjoyed our day at the Arezzo Antique Fair – we did!

Arezzo fine furniture & paintings

Arezzo antique fair piazza

We retreated back to La Mucchia Casa Vacanze to rest and do some laundry for the afternoon. We had picked up some Tuscan wines at the COOP grocery so had those with our evening meal that Wally fixed from our grocery purchases. Antipasto and bruschetta after that big lunch!

Tuscan red wines, COOP

Wally's Italian antipasto & brushettaNext up, we’ll spend the day exploring the little town of Castiglione del Lago and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore Benedictine Monastery.


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2 thoughts on “Arezzo Antique Fair, Tuscany, Italy

  1. Judy Escoto

    You guys are having way too much fun!! Hey Cuz I want one of those cute table clothe’s in your last photo!! Next time you go!!
    Cousin Judy

  2. I may never get to see this in real life, so your pictures are quite valuable in letting get a glimpse of this fair. Thanks! But the real question is: What did you buy!

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