For antique lovers and vintage loving vixens, there is nothing like shopping the antique markets of Europe and your week at "La Dolce Vita" will include a visit to one! At the markets, you are typically able to find religious medals, linens, jewelry, porcelain, and bric-à-brac galore!
For those who sign up for the May 20-27, 2017 "La Dolce Vita" week, we plan to visit the Cortona antique market. Cortona, lies approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from our home base of Bichi Borghesi. Cortona, while a beautiful town for centuries, more recently gained a spot on the Tuscany tourist itinerary with the popularity of the book "Under the Tuscan Sun" by Frances Mayes which was adapted into a Hollywood movie in 2003. Nestled in the main square of the town, the Cortona antique market is a mid-sized lovely market full of friendly vendors who are ready to chat to you about their offerings.
At our June 3-10, 2017 "La Dolce Vita" retreat, we plan to visit the Arezzo antique market. Arezzo, lies approximately 1.5 hours from our home base of Bichi Borghesi . This lovely town, which is built on the side of a hill, has become known as an antique lovers paradise. Not only is the town host to the region’s largest antique market, but it is also home to many dealers who have store fronts to sell their wares.
Here’s an idea of what to expect from the Umbria Tuscany Villa website:
"Arezzo, in Tuscany has iconic Etruscan art, Roman ruins, medieval walls, Renaissance architecture, as well as Piero della Francesca frescos in the basilica of San Francesco. If that were not enough, Arezzo becomes a treasure-hunter's heaven, on the first weekend of every month transforming into Tuscany's largest monthly Antiques Market with 500 exhibitors and about 100 small shops."
Should you end up purchasing more treasures than will fit into your suitcase, it will be possible for you to bring them to a shipper when we visit Siena to have them mailed home to you.
* Please note, as we are preparing our schedule several months out, there is always the possibility that the actual markets we visit could be different should the dates for the markets be changed. That is, unfortunately, the nature of things in Italy. *